Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart is a musical installation in mixed reality.
W. B. Yeats describes a world of recurring turmoil in his 1919 poem "The Second Coming". What holds us together, what part do we individually play in the state of things, what ambigous heroes make everything right again?

Inspired by this supra-temporal text and exclusively for this work, the Israeli composer Micha Kaplan has written music that is part of an innovative mixed reality installation. In the expansion and transformation of real space through the combination of artificial intelligence and VR glasses, visitors roam through a computer-generated landscape of images, sound and text, thereby creating a new perspective on this piece of world literature.

The artist collective CyberRäuber, who have made a name for themselves with innovative works in virtual reality and artificial intelligence in the performing arts, are once again breaking new ground in this work: together with powerful neural networks, they are creating a virtual, three-dimensional space in real space, a temporary, rhizomatic sculpture that visitors experience and create together.

  • Marcel Karnapke
    CyberBallet, Digital Motions, A Virtual Dance Tale, The Merge Bangalore
  • Björn Lengers
    CyberBallet, Digital Motions, A Virtual Dance Tale, The Merge Bangalore
  • Micha Kaplan
    Key Collaborators
    CyberRäuber, Digital Freischütz, CyberBallet
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality, Installation, Augmented Reality
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
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  • Language:
  • Student Project:
  • clb - Berlin Premiere
    November 4, 2022
    European Premiere
  • Bangalore Creative Circus - Premiere
    November 11, 2022
    Asian Premiere
  • London Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 5, 2023
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
Director - Marcel Karnapke, Björn Lengers