Armen Avanessian & Enemies – #16 Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island: Company Report, Volksbühne Berlin
Presented by Tom McCarthy and “Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.”
A full reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel ‘Satin Island’, staged (in keeping with the book’s corporate-anthropological milieu) as a company report, designed by Laura Hopkins. The actors Elena García Gerlach, Steffen Klewar and Jonas Zipf will be reading. On purchase of a unit of the event’s stock, shareholders will have the right to audit the text’s full reading, alongside a power-point presentation. Coffee and biscuits will be free to all shareholders, and alcohol will be available for purchase.
‘Satin Island’ has been described as ‘Kafka for the Google Age’. Its anti-hero, corporate anthropologist U., is a twenty-first century man-without-qualities, meandering his way from brainstorming session to government meeting to aimless speculation about cargo cults and dead parachutists, the meaning of buffering and the after-life of Ulrike Meinhof. Is there a logic governing our era? Could this be summed up, ‘named’? Or is it all just randomness, algorithm and glitch?
The reading is part of the program “Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.”, by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm and a cooperation between Volksbühne Berlin and BNKR Munich.