Brain Projects

by Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel)

Premiere 18/09/2016


Running time: One hour, 40 minutes, no interval

Since ancient times, humankind has asked the question of what ‘I’ is: how body and soul interact, later re-formulated as the dualism between body and mind. How can consciousness arise from organic matter, the brain? Modern brain research seemed to take up the legacy of philosophy in their attempt to answer these questions as it began to locate and analyse nerves and their cells. Since then MRI scans of the brain have also become everyday business in medical practice. But what do we really know about the way our brain works and what can neuroscience tell us about the subjective consciousness of individuals?

In »Brain Project« Rimini Protokoll presents three very different approaches to these questions. Scientific hypotheses and individual biographies are woven into stories about what we know about ourselves – and what we don’t.

In German and English with surtitles.

Photos © Christian Bartsch

With: Lobna Allamii, Felix Hasler, Irini Skaliora

By Rimini Protokoll Directed by Helgard Haug, Daniel Wetzel Set Design: Heike Gallmeier Video Animation: Grit Schuster Video: Marc Jungreithmeier Music: Barbara Morgenstern Lighting Design: Björn Salzer Research: Linn Günther Dramaturgy: Jörg Bochow