Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
The Circle, Dave Eggers
Life in the brave new, omnipresent world of the internet, with transparent people enabled by a powerful tech company. That's the subject of The Circle by Dave Eggers. In the US his satirical novel caused a sensation. Now it's appeared in German. The story of a futuristic Silicon Valley. A digital elite shapes the world. The Circle - a combination of search engine, social network, hardware manufacturer and just about every online conglomerate - makes it possible. Here people surf under their real names. Surveillance is ubiquitous. The private has become public. Eggers' dystopian vision is an unnerving and plausible warning. The Circle has its literary weaknesses, but it's highly topical as today's internet giants grow in influence.
"Tanz im August", Berlin
Loud, strident and often original: the Tanz im August dance festival. It's a summer highlight in Berlin - a showcase for contemporary and experimental dance. The participants are chosen from around the world: here, the Michael Clark Company from London. Canadian choreographer Daniel Léveillé's works celebrate the body. His dancers are often almost nude. Our favorite: the Spanish troupe La Veronal, with their latest piece, Siena. European classical music contrasts with African beats. Tanz im August shows the fascinating and globalized world of dance today.
"Infinite Jest", Schirn, Frankfurt am Main
Steel spheres symbolising modern humans - are we just the playthings of social forces? Yes, says this exhibition in Frankfurt's Schirn art gallery. It examines human moods, swinging from euphoria to depression, - and the void between them. Faster, higher, farther. How long can we hold out in the rat-race of our profit-driven society? Is there an end to infinite jest? Or does it get even more colorful? The exhibition, featuring 18 contemporary artists, gives no answers, but it asks the right questions.