K.I.T.A. – The Human Possible.

A Radio Play Mockumentary.

Roboter mit Kind und Luftballon

In the government-funded pilot project K.I.T.A., an intelligent nanny system is being used for the first time in Germany. Kindergarten teachers are enthusiastic, but how do parents and children react to the KidBots?

Children play with robots and learn from them. Parents provide voice samples for the AI to imitate or choose the voice for their parenting robot from a database. Kindergarten teacher’s determine the educational concepts of the parents, so that the KidBots educate their offspring according to their expectations. Kindergarten staff praise the new possibilities and the relief provided by the intelligent system. The robots work perfectly and do what they are told. Everything goes according to plan. But is this reasonable or senseless?

The authors create a reflective space of lively scenes in which precisely that remains unclear. The play follows a long tradition of dystopian literature about machine people since Mary Shelly invented Frankenstein. But the greatest danger may not lie in the uncontrollability of the machines.

The piece is an experimental mix of fiction and documentary, a radio play turned social experiment with lots of improvisation. Real parents and children as well as a real kindergarten director react spontaneously to fictional scenes and professional actors.

concept / text / editing

Antje Vauh, Carina Pesch

directing

Antje Vauh, Carina Pesch

production

author’s production for WDR and Deutschlandfunk Kultur 2022

voices

Familie Bergmann, Familie Edler/Heß, Anton Andreew, Paulina Bittner, Oliver Brod, Fabian Busch, August Geyler, Mats Hoffmann, Katrin Jaehne, Elio Kaletta, Alexis Krüger, Carina Pesch, Teresa Schergaut, Britta Steffenhagen, Marie Wolff

Dramaturgy

Gerrit Booms

funded with a Radio Play Stipend by Film and Media Foundation NRW