try e.m.i.s. now

a VR theater

By Carolin Schabbing & Lisa Reutelsterz

Drama, Performance, VR-Experience (Oculus Quest 2)

approx. 45 min

German and English

Does the copy of my consciousness possess its own identity? How does it find its way in the future, when will it be switched off? What influences is it exposed to in this parallel world, does it evolve there? Will the consciousnesses there join together and exert influence on our society?

try e.m.i.s now is a VR theater experience and performance that explores and advances new forms of embedding digital technologies and data art in theatrical processes. Central issues of transhumanism are critically reflected upon through a mind upload of the visitors and interwoven into the design of physical and digital spaces. 


Fictional elements and real artifacts in the form of personal data are interwoven in a dreamlike and surreal way. Known and unknown spaces emerge simultaneously, an interplay of determining and allowing oneself to be determined.


Premiere: 07.07.2021, Hosted by Studio Trafique, Cologne (Germany)


Concept and Direction: Carolin Schabbing, Lisa Reutelsterz

Programming and Data Art: Lisa Reutelsterz

VR-World and 3D Design: Carolin Schabbing

Video: Lisa Reutelsterz, Carolin Schabbing

Stage design: Carolin Schabbing, Lisa Reutelsterz

Text: Tom Tautorus

Sound Design: Jan Reutelsterz

Research: Carolin Schabbing, Lisa Reutelsterz

Voice Recording: Lisa Reutelsterz

With: Anna Marienfeld, Björn Gabriel, Stephan Weigelin, Laura N. Junghanns

Special Thanks: Prof. Dr. Carolin Höfler, Prof. Dr. Lasse Scherffig, Prof. Melissa de Raaf, 

Mattis Kuhn, Prof. Zilvinas Lilas, Susanne Ritter, Matthias Rosenthal, Pasha E. Bahrami, Prof. Kathrin Röggla,

Studio Trafique, Motion Experience Lab KISD 

Performance Dates

Timeslots à 45min 

07.07.2021, 16:00pm – 21:45pm, Hosted by Studio Trafique, Cologne

08.07.2021, 16:00pm – 21:45pm, Hosted by Studio Trafique, Cologne 

16.07.2021, 17:00pm – 21:45pm , Hosted by Studio Trafique, Cologne 

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