Art Museum Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg

With “OK, GOOGLE” by  Costa Compagnie the festival starts at the height of the time. The dance performance takes on the interaction of man and machine. (…) “OK, GOOGLE” is a good example of the enjoyable degree of professionalization that the independent theater scene has reached beyond the state theaters.
Hamburger Abendlatt, 09 April 2019

Digital Guestperformance:
Nachtkritik-Stream from 03 March 2021 at 6pm until 04 March at 6pm

Livestream-Kickoff on Facebook with chat- and comment-section on Wedn., 03 March at 8pm

Festival Opener at Hauptsache Frei Festival, Hamburg, at Resonanzraum on  06 April 2019

Premiere on 14 September 2018

Further performances on SAT 15 / SAT 22 / SUN 23 September 2018 at 8 pm

In a hybrid format between dance, performance and installation, five performers together with Google’s language based assistant „Google Home“ as an equal live online performer, are exploring one of the most important global transformation processes: the interaction of humans and artificial intelligence.

For this work, the artists alongside programmers found a way to have an ongoing dramatic live-dialogue with Google Home, while also turning their stage into a “smart stage”, with Google Home controlling the lights and sound of the performance.

As within a world in transition to a data economy, the newly released „Google Home“ device, similar to science-fiction movies, allows for continuous conversation with Google’s servers. The language-based assistant can be assigned tasks permanently, while collecting behavioral data of its users from all spheres of life.

OK, GOOGLE designs a scenario of the near future. On the frontier of real and virtual reality, the performers seek an intensifying and confrontational live-online-dialogue with the artificial but present digital actor. In reference to the rituals of ancient theater, the artists question the coming coexistence with the most intelligent being of the future at the time of its creation. Utopian projections for the deconstruction of gender and body images emerge, as well as thought experiments on cyborgs and the imagination of loss of control in the post-human era. Can a truly empathetic moment arise between a human and artificial intelligence? How do our perceptions, emotions and our physicality change through a technoid everyday practice? And will the self-learning machine be the better human being of tomorrow?

English/German with no subtitles


Entrance Free


TRACK_13 „Shifting speculations on future fiction and non-human companionship“
Saturday, 15 Sept 2018 / 4 – 10 pm

4 – 7 pm /  Workshop with Gitte Villesen, Emma Haugh (engl.)
„A Reading & Retelling Workshop“

Can our ideas and imagination of other social systems be broadened? In their workshop, which takes the form of a re-reading, both artists suggest feminist Sci-Fi as a useful tool to this end. Gitte Villesen’s and Emma Haugh’s work focuses on cultural structures and social norms and boundaries. In her videos, Gitte Villesen creates portraits of different individuals and communities, posing the question of whether society actually accepts forms of being different at all. Emma Haugh uses performance, installations and publications from a queer-feminist perspective in order to reorient attention in relation to cultural narratives.

Registration until: 10.09.2018 through nina.gross@kvhbf.de

8 pm / OK, GOOGLE

9 pm / Round Table with Chloe Stead and the artistis (engl.)

Following the performance of the Costa Compagnie, a roundtable will be held to discuss thoughts and questions about the relationships between human and non-human alliances and new narratives and speculations about a common future.

The interview will be moderated by Berlin based author and art critic Chloe Stead. She writes for Sleek, AnOther, Frieze and Spike Art Quarterly.

Train Station Hamburg-Harburg
Hannoversche Straße 85
21079 Hamburg
Access is above the platforms 3 & 4

Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof
Jens Franke


Director, Research Felix Meyer-Christian Choreography, Performance Jascha Viehstädt Performance, Co-Creation Martin Hansen / Kyle Patrick, Frank Koenen, Regina Rossi, Kianí Del Valle Stage, Costumes Eylien Koenig Programming, Set-Up AI, Video Erik Kundt Music Katharina Pelosi, Matthias Reiling (Session Victim) Outside Eye Melmun Bajarchuu Camera Operator Arend Krause, Miguel Murrieta Vásquez, Thomas Oswald Sound Patrick Dadaczynski, Marcus Thomas Edit, Color Stéphanie Morin, Miguel Murrieta Vásquez Assistant Art Dept. Florence Schreiber

A production by  Costa Compagnie in cooperation with Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof.

Supported by the Hamburg Culture and Media Board, the Hamburg Culture Foundation and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media



By public transport: Take S-Bahn S3 or S31 in the direction of Harburg, exit Harburg. The Kunstverein is located in the train station above platform 3 & 4.

By car: Highway A7, exit Hamburg-Harburg. Via the connection road to Harburg-Mitte, follow signs to Harburg train station. There are parking garages opposite and behind the train station.

By train: ICE/IC/RE/ME, exit train station Hamburg-Harburg. The Kunstverein is located in the train station above platform 3 & 4.

Funded by the Department of Culture and Media Hamburg, the Federal Fonds for Performing Arts and the Hamburg Culture Foundation.

Digital guestperformance made possible by the reprise- and guest performance funding of the Dachverband freie darstellende Künste Hamburg, on behalf of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Department of Culture and Media.