dgtl fmnsm

interFACE digital pleasure center

  • Spy on Me #4
  • Game
  • Music
  • Performance
  • 2022/2023
  • English

The “digital pleasure center” is a performative installation designed by the dgtl fmnsm collective. Since 2015, dgtl fmnsm have been exploring the intersection of performance, technologies and participatory practices in theatre. 

In the “digital pleasure center”, the audience can experience interactive treatments that use technology in a speculative way. If the audience doesn't do anything, nothing happens in the centre. The basis of the “digital pleasure center” is the assumption that a pleasant interface exists or can exist between people and technology, an interface that must be designed, played with and tried out. Despite all the criticism of the digitalisation, monopolisation and technologisation of everyday life, dgtl fmnsm plead for the exploration of the emancipatory potential of tech – by rethinking, hacking and queering it. The digital pleasure generated by the audience's engagement with technology is fed into a “pleasure meter” that is visible to everyone in the space. When this reaches a certain level, “pleasure rituals” (performances) are triggered. From the login to the logout process, the audience interacts exclusively with tech and is guided through the centre by a Telegram chatbot. The focus is on the individual experience of each visitor, the playful testing of various technologies and the personal reflection on power dynamics people have with them. 

An interdisciplinary team of multimedia artists, designers, performers and curators has been involved in the conception of the centre.

To participate in the treatments at the “center”, you will need:

    Your own, fully-charged smartphone (Android, iOS).
    … with internet access (WiFi)
    … a Telegram account and
    … your own headphones



Concept: dgtl fmnsm / Artistic Direction: Ulla Heinrich, Philisha Kraatz / Technical Direction: allapopp / Production Management: Ulla Heinrich / Project Assistance: Alina Homann / Treatment Design: Crotch Weather Station: OASIS/dotwet: Iyo Bisseck, Petja Ivanova, Rain Rose, Kaya Zakrzewska / Mozilla Hubs Design: Echo Can Luo / Wrinkle Beauty: Sarah Ama Duah / VR "Unstable Matter": Lisa Kaschubat / Curse Tablet Station: Andara Shastika / Face Filter: allapopp / Pleasure Rituals: Kaya Zakrzewska, Rain Rose, Andara Shastika, Raras Umaratih, Sarah Ama Duah / Visual Design: Teresa Schönherr / Costume Design: Sarah Ama Duah / Dramaturgical Advice: Anna Fries / Set Design: Ulla Heinrich, allapopp / Sound Design: allapopp / Chat Bot Programming: Esben Holk

Production: dgtl fmnsm / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Co-production: HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden,depart.one. Supported by: Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, Office for Culture and Monument Protection of the State Capital Dresden.