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Accompanying the documentary film & theatre project THE CONGO TRIBUNAL, a comprehensive transmedia narrative has been created and exhibited at festivals, in museums and art spaces throughout Europe and beyond. As a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration of european and african artists, theatre- and filmmakers, digital creators and campaigners, the transmedia elements extend the dialectic space, offering new perspectives, stories and multiple artistic interpretations.

Created in collaboration with the Congolese political illustrator Kayene and the digital studio Monokel, the fully animated interactive narration WITNESS J tells the story of the directly affected from a victim’s perspective. In addition to this browser game, a room scale VR experience lets us undergo even more intensely the reality lived by the victims of the Congo war. An additional comprehensive online archive, consisting of the complete filmed material for “The Congo Tribunal”, enables the user to browse and edit the footage individually.




Furthermore, the installation version of this work, created in co-production with STUK, Leuven and STROOM, Den Haag, involves the full-length 26h screenings of the tribunal in Bukavu and Berlin, merged in a multi screen video installation. Supplemented by a variety of reading materials and a short documentary about the impact of the project in Congo during a nationwide symposia tour in Congo two years after the tribunal, the installation hints at the long-tail impact of this grand work.


Festivals & Exhibitions:

- DOK Leipzig 2017 - DOK Neuland, Transmedia Installation Premiere

- THEATRE TOUR (Schauspiel Cologne, Schaubühne Berlin, Residenztheater Munich, Kampnagel Hamburg, Gessnerallee Zurich),

November & December 2017

- ARTEFACT, STUK Leuven February 2018

- STROOM, Den Haag March & April 2018

- CPH:DOX INTER:ACTIVE 2018, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen


- EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL, Osnabrück April & May 2018

- VILLA ROMANA, Florence, June 2018


Artistic Director – Milo Rau

Producer – Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist, Sebastian Lemke

Scenography – Anton Lukas

Researsch, Casting and Dramaturgy – Eva-Maria Bertschy

Corporate Design – Nina Wolters

Web, Game, VR

Creative Director – Daniel Wagner

Technical Director – Christian Koschmieder

Producers – Arne Birkenstock, Sebastian Lemke, Roman Roitman, Olivier Zobrist

Script – Timo Maier, Daniel Wagner, Sebastian Lemke

Developers – Christian Koschmieder, Moritz Abeln

Visual Artists – Yves Kulondwa (aka Kayene), Daniel Wagner, Holger Schulz, Neysha Castritius,

Lennart Troebs

Music – Marcel Vaid

Sound Design – Alon Kaplan, Timo Maier, Moritz Abeln

A Fruitmarket Arts & Media production in collaboration with IIPM - International Institute of Political Murder, Langfilm / Bernard Lang AG, Lemafrika

Web, Game, VR developed and created by Monokel

The Congo Tribunal Transmedia is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Installation version: co-production STUK, Huis voor Dans, Beeld en Geluid and STROOM, Den Haag.