Hermes Opera: The Message
Vive Les Robots!: Why have you called your play
Karl Heinz Jeron: Hermes is the God of communication. This is like popular culture, social issues. And all these social issues more or less rely on communication. Even if communication works or not, whatever.
Ok, I hate these people who are in the train and placing telephone calls, but it shouldn't be understand in that way. I just wanted to find a way how to get along with that. What is private? And what is public when they lose this awareness? These are really interesting topics. It's not only about just an annoying thing or an annoying issue. It's more. Then you find a lot of other bits which are quite interesting and this is something what I'm working on. Maybe I find the others and they will be part of the opera as well.
Vive Les Robots!: What is good communication for
Karl Heinz Jeron: Well there are just two things. Either it's really entertaining or you have the impression that the whole communication process helped to create some sort of knowledge from this information. This would be great. Creating knowledge this is always good thing. But on the other hand entertainment is also great so I thing both it would be fantastic.
Vive Les Robots!: Are there some differences in the way
we're communicating today compared with the period before the
Karl Heinz Jeron: Yes, I would say a lot of different things are happening at the same time now. I would say in the early nineties you really thought in advance what you wanna do now. Right now you are sitting here, the mobile phone is ringing and somebody tries to call you because of sort of a bussiness issue, but you are already in the mood like leasured. This is something which happens quite often today and I would say it didn't happend that often in the past.
Vive Les Robots!: Will we communicate in the same way as
we do now in the 10-20 years?
Karl Heinz Jeron: No, we'll have direct connect. No, I don't know. If you say accept or yes then the brains will be connected. Machine-like, come on, it's already on the best way, we are already on the way.
Vive Les Robots!: Are you not afraid of getting a virus
in your brain if we're all connected?
Karl Heinz Jeron: Well this is something we already suffer once in a while like when we are getting the flu, then we get this and that. We might die from this and that, or we might survive. So come on, this is life. No life is without risk.
[image source: Karl Heinz Jeron]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]