The paths through the labyrinth of IPSAGON create spaces for collaborative communities to emerge. Individuals encounter challenging or welcoming circumstances, groups, and languages as they try to develop something collectively. They’ll be integrated or rejected, sometimes they’ll hesitate to step in. How great is our individual capacity to subordinate ourselves to the traditional order? Can a social architecture succeed in integrating any individual? Every room in the labyrinth asks both questions: Who is a legitimate misfit? And: Do you fit in?
Through the dramatic work of Henrik Ibsen and inspired by Joachim Bauer’s evolutionary biology of evolution, we have retraced these conflicts. We find individuals who cling passionately to their ideals to advocate social progress. But such progress might also destroy the community. We find women who are strongly supported by their communities – but only if they accept their predefined role. Collaboration is supposed to be the basis of society. But what happens if it damages our freedom?
IPSAGON is a labyrinth and an experiment. IPSAGON investigates the capacity of every individual to form a community of bodies and ideals together with others. Spectators have the choice to observe the process of adaptation from the outside, or to experience it first-hand through film, philosophical dialogue, playing, acting, listening, eating, and mixing it up themselves. They have the choice to fight for freedom – with or against each other. At IPSAGON there’s only you, the other, and the observers, deciding to build or to reject a community of misfits.