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Reading Cycle Performance on Caliban and the Witch

28 June, 2021

In the text Caliban and the Witch, it is posited that history can be read in different ways. Based on the episode Bandersnatch from the Black Mirror series, in collaboration with Lucia Giacobbi and Cristina Urzola (two students from ETH Zürich) we carried out a performance. A group of students and assistants from ETH Zürich were invited to a Zoom meeting. There they watched the epilogue of a story. Afterward, each viewer had to decide for themselves what the first episode was about, and was able to watch it in the corresponding breakout room. Three more decisions or episodes followed before everyone met again in the main room for discussion. While watching the episodes, or at the latest during the following discussion, the viewers became aware that everyone was looking at the same videos, regardless of the content they had chosen. Even if it seemed that the choice was yours, the story was read with bias.

Map of choices and outcomes

Diagramatic map of choices and their corresponding videos read from bottom to top

Reading Cycle Performance on Caliban and the Witch

In the text Caliban and the Witch, it is posited that history can be read in different ways. Based on the episode Bandersnatch from the Black Mirror series, in collaboration with Lucia Giacobbi and Cristina Urzola (two students from ETH Zürich) we carried out a performance. A group of students and assistants from ETH Zürich […]