Dea Ex Machina


Project Types

  • Performance

Bodies are studied. Studies make gender. Gender assigns us roles in society. Witches (in German: Hexen) have been collecting alternative knowledge about the body for centuries and exploring ways of living beyond the nuclear family. Hackers (or: Haecksen – a self-designation of German feminist hackers, which resembles the German word for “witch” s. above) view gender to be technology and are researching how to re-code it. Swoosh Lieu conjure up the theatre as a place where Hexen and Haecksen, witches and hackers meet the ghosts of the future and the past. They search for new human-machine connections based on care. They hack body images, forms of storytelling, sight lines and technical stagecraft, weave new webs and design queerfeminist concepts of kinship. Dea Ex Machina is the goddess born of the machine, the spectre of liberation, the mistake as opportunity and the glitch in our imagination.

Dieser Kurzschluss braucht keine Körper mehr. Er ist gewaltig, anders und zischt. Und könnte alles verändern.

Project Details


  • Johanna Castellconcept, light
  • Katharina Pelosiconcept, sound, text
  • Rosa Werneckeconcept, video, text, performance
  • Magdalena Emmerigstage design, costumes
  • Frieder Millerpuppets, robotics
  • Dela Dabulamanzi und Birte Schnöink voices
  • Jones Seitztechnical director
  • Verena Katzdramaturgical support
  • Hannah Fitschprofessional advice
  • Friederike Thielmannoutside eye
  • Katharina Oltassistant of scenography
  • Felix Gieslerassistant
  • Annett Hardegenproduction management
  • Charlotte Böslingphotos


A Swoosh Lieu production, co-produced by Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm. Funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste, Women’s Bureau of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst and the Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung. Swoosh Lieu is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main.

Project History

Dea Ex MachinaPerformance

Kampnagel Hamburg Deutschland

Dea Ex MachinaPerformance

  • Première
Frankfurt LAB Frankfurt am Main Deutschland