The first smartshow history illustrates the most prominent features of the cities of the future, the coveted smart cities. First iteration of Kalliópê.
Current WALLS are not physical, they are invisible. They can’t be identified by nations, nor states, nor with people. Technology has distanced us from culture, has dehumanized us, has alienated us from pain. Any of us are, potential repressors and repressed. We are that from the moment we buy some sneakers-flaunting some luxury-that have been made from the exploitation of children in parts of the world that we can barely locate on a map. We are that from the moment that an official can kill people using guns that look like a harmless game.
The government, economy, mobility … In the cities of the future, called smart cities, it seems that everything is digitally controlled. You will see that just when entering the Castillo de Montjuïc and putting yourselves in the hands of La Fura dels Baus, one of the Catalan theater companies with the most international projection, which makes its theatrical contribution to the commemoration of the Tercentenary of the events of 1714 leading us to travel the future. A journey that will help us see this more clearly.
The performance will take place in five areas within the Montjuïc Castle, each of which illustrate the most prominent features of the cities of the future, the coveted smart cities. The public may travel using, so yes, mobile phones, an essential element in which every viewer must have downloaded an app designed specifically for this application-installation. It will be a mechanism to inform. Or maybe to misinform.
As has often been done in previous shows, in M.U.R.S, La Fura theatrically explores the world of today. A world where new technologies change the way we live at a rapid pace. No wonder, then, that these technologies are the main protagonists of M.U.R.S, where, of course, there won’t be a shortage of machines, video projections, and augmented reality. From this that, to conceive the show, members of La Fura have had the collaboration of academic institutions ranging from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Futurelab del Institut Ars Electronica de Linz (Austria) to the department of Open Systems of the Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, through the studio of TigreLab and Creativitat i Innovació de l’ICUB (Barcelona LAB).
So from today, Montjuïc Castle takes a new dimension and becomes the stage of a revolutionary show. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first smartshow in history.