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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.

The Herd of Mechanical Creatures is a living installation of recycled bicycles. It visualises the successful combination of technical progress and upcycling in times of scarce resources. It provides food for thought on the topics of technology, robotics, electromobility, sustainability and the future.

A walking act where the performing arts meets visual art. A snatch of deceleration, slowness and durability.
Innovative. Striking. Moving! Enthusiastic reactions throughout Europe!


Untranslatable

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

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

The animals stand inside a small wooden fence. They move minimally on this small surface (at least 5x5m for four animals) and can be seen and admired by the wandering public. In between the shepherds open the barrier and lead the herd to another “pasture” or, after the set, back into the wooden fence.

Depending on the location and the event, we offer different possibilities to arrange the route:

  • From A to A
    The animals are guided back (within a set) to the starting point
    or
  • From A to B to A (or to C)
    At the end of the first set, the animals are parked in a new place and fenced in. In the second (or third) set, the animals are guided either to the starting point or to a new location.

Between the sets, the animals are always visible to the public, fenced in.


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


Videos


2-5 actors and 4-8 animals
2 x 60-70 minutes (according to arrangement)
Please ask for our “technical rider”

Genre: performacne, 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