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Human Agency – a new avatar performance at Inkonst & Turteatern



A participatory avatar piece about different bodies and possibilities to act in a world where new technologies enables and disables human fellowships. 

Welcome to Human Agency, an organization with twelve voices but no bodies. When you join us you will be able to listen to one of these voices and become the body which enables the organization to operate in the world. Human Agency emerges between the organic, technical and the virtual elements. You become an avatar, confronting life in a new way through your own senses. Becoming a ”member body” in Human Agency you will get access to a new techno-social approach to life. 

We live in an era where the approach to life changes and shifts in relation to different machines and medias. Technologies and human beings melt together and forms new symbiotic bodies. Human Agency examines these new bodies through a meeting between free human beings and voice-navigated avatars.

Human Agency invites you to be navigated. Different voices will lead you through the piece. Through head phones you will get instructions on how to move, talk and act and you can also influence how.

Nyxxx is a performing arts collective with members from Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm. Their aim is to create performances with the audience in the centre. The form for the audience participation differs in their work but often they use head phones with instructions that stimulate action.

Text and direction: Ebba Petrén and Gabriel Widing | Sound design: Elize Arvefjord | Objects: Albin Werle | Light design: Kerstin Weimers | Production: NYXXX | Co-production: the Theater Academy in Malmö | With the support of: the Swedish Arts Council and the City of Stockholm.

Premiere at Inkonst, Malmö, April 23!

Date and time: April 23–25 , 7 pm | Space: Inkonst | Length: 60 min | Language: Swedish | Entrance: 150:- U26/stud 90:- | Tickets: Kulturcentralen

The performance will also be played at Turteatern, Stockholm, 11-13 of September.

Human Agency – nytt avatarverk på Inkonst och Turteatern


Välkommen till Human Agency, en organisation som har 12 röster men inga kroppar. När du kommer in till oss får du möjlighet att lyssna till en av dessa röster och bli till den kropp som är förutsättningen för att organisationen ska kunna verka i världen. Human Agency uppstår mellan det organiska, tekniska och virtuella. Du blir till en avatar som ser livet på ett nytt sätt genom dina egna sinnen. Som medlemskropp i Human Agency får du tillgång till en ny teknosocial livshållning.

Vi lever i en tid där livsupplevelsen förändras och förskjuts i relation till olika maskiner och medier. Teknik och människor smälter samman och formar nya symbiotiska kroppar. Verket Human Agency undersöker dessa nya kroppar genom att skapa en mötesplats för fria människor och röststyrda avatarer.

I föreställningen Human Agency kan du välja att bli styrd av en röst. Någon annan kan välja att ta din plats. Human Agency är en inbjudan till att byta positioner. Med hjälp av förprogrammerade instruktioner, objekt, ljus och andra besökare navigerar du genom rummet – handlar, rör dig, betraktar. Du kan påverka hur ditt deltagande ser ut, men ingen kommer att stå utanför situationen. Du behöver inga förkunskaper för att delta.

Premiär på Inkonst i Malmö 23 april 2014. Spelar även 24 och 25 april.

Beställ biljetter på Kulturcentralen.

Föreställningen kommer till Turteateatern i Stockholm hösten 2014.

Avatar vs Human – a short avatar scenario to play at home or elsewhere


We are happy to share this short scenario with you. It was written by Ebba Petrén and Gabriel Widing at PAF last summer. You can play it with two people or in front of a smaller audience. The participants should not listen to the track on beforehand.

You need

• 2 voluntary participants.
• A pair of headphones with the Mp3-file.
• A table
• 2 chairs
• 2 windows that can be opened, it’s nice but not necessary if there is a view.

Take it off

To begin, one of the two players starts the mp3-track and put the headphones on. The other player start by observing the avatar. Both players starts standing up. When you put on the headphones you are the avatar, follow the instructions and take no other initiatives. When you don’t wear headphones you try to communicate with the avatar by responding to it as if you are having a chat with that person for the first time.


The avatar asks something demanding, something the human finds hard and personal to answer. The avatar says “You will have the opporutnity to be an avatar. And I will become human. When I raise my hand you can take my headphones and become the avatar”. It raises the hand. The new avatar comes out, “the avatar of a human spirit”, and opens a window saluting the fresh air. Next avatar is “the avatar of the real” trying to jump out of the window. Human has to stop it. More avatars follow, with other agendas.

Some feedback

“It’s like having a child or a pet in your room when you’re trying to work. You have to take notice and care for it. And it will for sure use its voice to communicate!”


We’ve presented this scenario at PAF Performing arts forum in St Erme,  2012, at the 14th Symposium of the International Brecht Society in Porto Alegre, 2013 and at Scenkonstbiennalen in Jönköping,  2013. We are looking forward to hear where it will  be played next and how you experience it!


Video from a session at a room in Master Express Grande Hotel, Porto Alegre, May 2013. On screen: Ester Claesson and John Hanse. Spoiler warning!

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