The Herd of Mechanical Creatures

A performance between art installation and mobile theater.
Unusual. striking. moving.

They file past slowly. Stamping, munching, steaming. Pinions rotate, chains clank, metallic eyes gleam. Herdsmen try to keep the herd of mechanical creatures on course.

One breaks away, a young one falls behind. Changing pastures, moving down from the mountain or the road to the slaughterhouse?

Whirring and buzzing, the animals wind their way towards an uncertain future. Yesterday modern, today nothing but scrap metal – the harsh reality of our times.

Having come to life from recycled bikes, these installations are the visualisation of technical progress, questioning the sense of it. A reflection of the up-to-date way of dealing with scarce resources and a criticism of our blind faith in technology.

A walking act where the performing arts meets visual art. A snatch of deceleration, slowness and durability.


Untranslatable

“Almabtrieb”
Ceremonial driving down of cattle from the mountain pastures into the valley in autumn.

“Weidewechsel”
Changing pastures, e. g. in the alps.


Depending on the location we have two different ways to act. They can also be combined:

Almabtrieb and Weidewechsel
The creatures are kept on course at the site by some herdsmen. Several creatures can walk next to each other or take over if there is enough space. Between two performances the creatures move into some space out of sight (some courtyard or hall). Between two sets a break of at least 30 minutes is required.

Almabtrieb with cattle-show
The creatures are separated from the audience by some wooden barrier. The herd moves very little within this space (5x6m for four creatures). People can walk all around this compound and watch the creatures. At some time the herdsmen come and open the barrier and walk the creatures to some other pasture, as described above.


Thank you very much for all our helpers and donators. You will find a list of them here in the imprint.


Videos


2-4 actors and 4-8 animals
2 x 60-90 minutes (according to arrangement)
Please ask for our “technical rider”

Genre: walkact, mobile theater, art installation, object theater

Schedule: walking act, almabtrieb, weidewechsel, tierschau im gehege

Occasion: gala, commercial event, incentive, exhibition, music hall, street festival, street theatre festival, private event, birthday party, wedding, jubilee, carnival

Language: Hirtisch (international language of herdsman and travellers)


We have taught bicycles to walk.
Marcus