One-Way Ticket – A gamble by Blind Date Collaboration

An ironic take on the (im)possibilities of being invisible in and to the European Union.

“Surveillance” and “security” are more and more used as synonyms. In the last decades, digital surveillance is increasing exponentially and invisibility is becoming an illusion. It is no longer merely corporations that collect data, state surveillance is also on the rise. With events such as 9/11, since which foreigners have been categorized as potential terrorists, or the labeling of 2015 as the "refugee crisis" for the European Union, “security” has taken on a very clear political intention.

Given the fact that the former Wirecard COO, Jan Marshalek was able to flee the European Union without leaving clear traces makes us wonder if that is only possible with the resources available to someone like him. We ask ourselves and the audience: How is it possible to leave the EU without leaving any trace, be it digital, personal or official? If you wanted to go into hiding, how would you do it? What if an arrest warrant is already in force against you while you are still in Europe? Are there still ways to leave the EU unnoticed? How do you get money? A new passport? A new face?

Blind Date Collaboration explores these questions in the format of a board game. The performers gamble their way towards the EU borders trying not to be tracked, traced or recognised.

Performers: Marie-Christin Rissinger, Frida Robles Ponce, Christoph Speit aka Concealia Knows. Setting & Outside Eye: Johann Brigitte Schima. Graphic design: Alessia Scuderi.

PR: Alisa Beck.
Produced by: Olympionik*innen Productions & WUK performing arts.
Based on a research project supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

This gamble is the second part of a performative research project that started with an one-week residency at vier.zentrale in Mülheim an der Ruhr:

Im Rahmen von „Versuchsanstalt".  Die Veranstaltung wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten.

20230616 Blind Date Collaboration
Fri, 16. Juni 2023, 19:30 Uhr

WUK perfoming arts Wien
Währinger Straße 59
1090 Wien