September 2018
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

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

Premiere on 14 September 2018 at 8 pm

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


Artistic Director, Text, Research Felix Meyer-Christian Choreography, Performance Jascha Viehstädt Performance, Co-Creation Martin Hansen / Kyle Patrick, Frank Koenen, Regina Rossi, Kianí Del Valle Piñero Stage, Costumes Eylien Koenig Programming, Set-Up AI, Video Erik Kundt Composition, Soundart Katharina Pelosi, Matthias Reiling (Session Victim) Support Sound Art Marcus Thomas Outside Eye Melmun Bajarchuu Video Documentation Miguel Murrieta Vásquez Assistant Stage and Costume Florence Schreiber

A production by  Costa Compagnie in cooperation with Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. Funded by Authority of Culture and Media Hamburg, Hamburgische Cultural Foundation and Fonds Performing Arts.


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.