Being Faust: Enter Mephisto (BFEM)

2014-11-29 14:00 - 19:00

Being Faust: Enter Mephisto (BFEM)

When: 29 Nov 2014 Sat 14:00/18:00
Where: Fringe Club - The Fringe Vault

 Enter Mephisto

Being Faust: Enter Mephisto (BFEM)-艺穗会

"If I sold my friends to find love and get rich… wouldn't that be a good deal?" "Being Faust - Enter Mephisto" is a "big game". It's a physical game enriched with online and social media elements, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's drama "Faust".

 Enter Mephisto

The game format is unique: A group of players gathers at a specific site at a specific time. Each player assumes the role of young Faust. Equipped with a smartphone and the intention to take life on, the players enter the tempting digital world of MEPHISTO&CO., where values and ideals are up for sale. Upon logging into the game, the deal between Faust and MEPHISTO&CO. is sealed; the soul sold, and thus begins the game of seduction: how far are the players willing to go? Can success and beauty really be purchased?

 Enter Mephisto

The starting point for this innovative project, which has been developed by Goethe-Institut Korea and NOLGONG, was the question of how and with which means Faust and Mephisto were to meet in the digital age. The universal questions remain the same: What do I value in life? What are my personal values based on? Which price am I willing to pay for success?

 Enter Mephisto

The game is based on a contemporary interpretation of the original play, and was adapted for the digital world in cooperation with playwright Benjamin von Blomberg of Theater Bremen. Development began in 2013, the official launching took place at Seoul Metropolitan Library in September 2014.

 Enter Mephisto

By making use of various virtual and physical game formats, "Being Faust - Enter Mephisto" encourages the players to take a second look at themselves and their digital environment, to compare themselves with other players worldwide, and to take an interest in the literary source. And the game can be played by players of all age groups - it's fun for people who know Goethe's "Faust" by heart as well as those who have never read or seen the masterpiece before.

 

Background on J.W.Goethe's FAUST
Faust is a tragic play in two parts written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 - 22 March 1832). It is his most famous work and considered to be one of the best of German literature. It is based on the medieval legend of a man who sold his soul to the devil, but it has transcended into a model literature touches upon human being's desire, their sense of alienation and the need to come to terms with the world that they live in.

 

Background on J.W.Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher, is best known for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he started around the age of twenty three and didn't finish till shortly before his death sixty years later. He is considered one of the greatest contributors of the German Romantic period.

 

Talk: The Making of Faust
When: 28 Nov 2014 Fri 20:00
Where: Fringe Upstairs, the Fringe Club

Never heard of FAUST? Not a problem! Join our talk with an expert of German literature/theatre and the game designer of Being Faust: Enter Mephisto.

 

Being Faust - Enter Mephisto Mystery Teaser (English subtitles)

-From Youtube

 

Being Faust - Enter Mephisto at the National Theater of Korea (English subtitles)

-From Youtube

 

Free
Tel: 852-28020088
Add: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

 

*Information provided by Goethe-Institut Hongkong

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