For writer-director Annie Dorsen, “The Great Outdoors” connects ideas of infinity and the unknown from romanticism to today’s networked, hyper-connected technologies. Audiences are invited to lie on yoga mats inside an inflatable planetarium and imagine the internet’s infinite possibilities as a new form of celestial authority. To give voice and body to the thoughts of this aggregate of individuals, a female performer reads aloud 4chan and Reddit comments from the previous 24 hours. These fragments of chatter, which Dorsen selects and runs through an algorithm she created, emerge as the internet’s id—unrestrained and protected by anonymity.
This performance contains mature content.