• levelfive


    September 17th-18th, 2016
    at the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art


    “There is one core idea behind the training… Level Five lets you know that the events that happen in your life are essentially empty and meaningless.”

Brody Condon’s Level Five (2010–ongoing) is a live action role playing (LARP) event that investigates the ideological legacy of controversial large group self-actualization seminars from the 1970s in America. Taking place over a weekend, Level Five invites one hundred participants, led by a trained seminar leader and assistants, to arrive in character and immerse themselves in an intensive program organized by the artist comprising of lectures, physical processes and rites of sharing.

These seminars were large, emotionally intense sessions that attracted thousands of participants, who hoped to unlearn societal constraints and achieve personal transformation. Instead of achieving social progress through group and social (de)organization—as filmmaker Adam Curtis has written—the unwitting result was the belief that happiness could be achieved without others, that “society was irrelevant.” In a moment dominated by marketing and megacorporate regimes on the one hand, and the expectation of hyper-individuated personal growth practices on the other, the work is a social experiment staging the tension between individuation and contemporary large-scale alienation.

9th Berlin Biennale

Level Five was a commission by the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Titled The Present in Drag and curated by the New York-based collective DIS, the 9th Berlin Biennale seeks to materialize the paradoxes increasingly influencing the world in 2016 – the virtual as the real, nations as brands, people as data, culture as capital, wellness as politics, happiness as GDP, and so on.

Speculative Ambience, 2016, Produced by Iconoclast
Speculative Ambience, 2016, Produced by Iconoclast


Level Five was held across from Brandenberg Gate in the performance space at one of the main venues of the Biennale, the Akademie der Künste, a historical site sheathed in a large glass building.

Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin

Saturday, September 17th

  • 12:00 - 17:00 Biennale Visit (optional)

    We will arrange a meeting point to for those who wish to visit the multiple sites of the Berlin Bienniale as a group. A great way to see the city if you arrive early from out of town.

  • 17:00 - 18:00 Dinner (optional)

    We suggest grabbing food before the workshop.

  • 18:00 - 22:00 Workshop

    A role-playing workshop led by leading interaction designers experienced in progressive Nordic LARP technique.

  • 22:00 - ? Biennale Closing Party (optional)

    Participants are invited to the Berlin Bienniale closing party. Location TBA.

Sunday, September 18th

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Registration and Coffee
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Session I: You Are All Assholes
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Catered Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Session II: Your Limiting Beliefs
  • Break
  • 16:15 - 19:00 Session III: Magical Voluntarism
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Catered Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Session IV: We Are Machines
  • 22:00 - 23:00 Session V: Debrief

Travel Information


Recommended Hostel

Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin
Johannisstrasse 11
10117 Berlin
Phone : +49 (0) 30 2900 3300
Beds starting at 20€


Recommended Hotel

Motel One Berlin Potsdamer Platz
Leipziger Platz 12 (across from “Bundesrat”)
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 2067 0780
From 82€


Getting Around

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect to experience as a Level Five player?

What is it like to experience a self-actualization seminar meant to drive you to the core of your being, but as a fictional self? Participants’ characters are expected to evolve throughout

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Can I watch the event if I don’t want to participate?

Only in-character participants will be allowed in the performance space. Public Biennale viewers may watch through the large windows, but will not hear the event.

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Will I be filmed?

Yes. The camera operators can be instructed to actively avoid closeup shots of those that are uncomfortable being filmed, but we cannot promise you will not be seen in long shots of the entire group. We document with a small

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Do I need a costume?

There is no period costume necessary, but there is a simple current day dress code. Wearing something that you normally do not wear, something comfortable for your potential character, will help create a mask to

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