Philipp Bergmann & Thea Reifler in collaboration with Maximilian Reichert

To whom it may concern
My name is Max.
I was trained to provide a very specific experience for you
Only you
Meet me in the assigned areas and let me be
Yours impossible, yours improbable, yours unlikely

The internet has brought the familiar and the unfamiliar closer together. Does this produce a common understanding between different positions? Or does it give birth to impenetrable filter bubbles and echo chambers? Do algorithms know things about ourselves that we don’t know? Are we really that easy to read and to satisfy? Or is there still a hidden secret within us, something that can never be revealed by algorithmic calculation?

"YOUR UNLIKELY FRIEND" is a 1 on 1 show, a human interaction as an algorithm. It challenges the idea of meeting like-minded people mediated through an algorithm by inverting the concept of match-making. We want to enable a meeting with an anti-friend, a person you-might-also-NOT-like. Max invites the spectators to individual short meetings, in which they encounter this persona they have never met before and will never meet again. The possibilities this encounter unfolds depend on the consent of the people present and will remain their secret.

“YOUR UNLIKELY FRIEND” will take place at different venues of the festival, details will be available in the venues, pre-booking is not necessary.

Oct. 23 | 8pm
Complex Realities
Studio 1 at Kunstquartier Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

Oct. 25 | 9pm
Energy Exchange
Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin

Oct. 26 | 9pm
HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin

Oct. 27 | 9pm
HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin

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