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Thu, May 30


Theater im OP, Göttingen

Performance: Mining Hate at CAPAS 2024

An interactive performance by Kaivalya Plays about hate speech and disinformation, presented at CAPAS 2024 Festival in Goettingen.

Performance: Mining Hate at CAPAS 2024
Performance: Mining Hate at CAPAS 2024

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May 30, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM GMT+2

Theater im OP, Göttingen, Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

About the event

Kaivalya Plays presents MINING HATE at the CAPAS2024 (Contemporary Asian Performing Arts and Performance Art Season). 


“Mining Hate” is an improvised interactive performance built with audience-generated content that seeks to create awareness of the practices used by anonymous hackers to target journalists and minorities in India to spread disinformation. Interactive scenes demonstrate how anonymous hackers build, target, and persuade their intended victims whilst real-life stories of journalists are presented verbatim portion by the performers. The performance also demonstrates Generative AI, OSINT, and other manipulative technologies used to drive fake narratives in mainstream media.

Performance Schedule:

  • Tuesday May 28th, 2024 at 20: 00 (with a Post-show discussion, 21: 00)
  • Thursday May 30th, 2024 at 18: 00
  • Thursday May 30th, 2024 at 20: 00

Venue: Theater im OP, Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3, 37073 Göttingen

*As part of the CAPAS2024, “Mining Hate” is one of seven featured productions exploring the theme of “Art, Science, and Technology”. 

"Mining Hate" was developed and supported under the third open call by MediaFutures, an EU-funded transnational European data innovation hub that brings together startups, SMEs and artists in the media value chain to expand on standard models and comes up with unconventional ways for people to engage with quality journalism, science education and democratic processes

Data Requirements: For the performance, the artists would like access to the audience’s names and email addresses. They create this form ( where audiences register. This information is used in the show to demonstrate to the audiences how their data can be used and manipulated on the internet to create false narratives. The data the audience shares is used only for the performance and then deleted once the show ends. The artists do not keep a copy afterward. Access the form by clicking the link or scanning the QR code.


Organized by DeVAK e. V. (the German Association for Asian Art), CAPAS2024 (Contemporary Asian Performing Arts and Performance Art Season) is scheduled to take place in Göttingen from May 27th to June 15th, 2024.

Focused on the theme of “Art, Science, and Technology,” the CAPAS2024 initiative aims to explore how contemporary science and technology influence Asian performing arts and performance art. Artists from diverse Asian backgrounds will creatively delve into various themes, addressing questions of identity in a rapidly changing world. DeVAK e. V. will host seven productions in Göttingen, along with accompanying workshops and discussions led by participating artists.


Kaivalya Plays, a pioneering performing arts company based in New Delhi, is spearheaded by Artistic Director Varoon P. Anand and General Manager Gaurav Singh Nijjer. Since 2018, they’ve championed applied improvisation to create original works addressing mental health, performer safety, and technological advancements in the arts. Noteworthy projects include “Unravel,” advocating theater games for mental wellness, and ongoing workshops like HEADSPACE. Their Safety Research Study, funded by the India Foundation for the Arts, reflects their commitment to enhancing safety standards in the arts community. Additionally, they’ve developed web platforms fostering transparency in funding (India Arts Funding Forum) and democratizing arts education (India Arts Education Forum). Anand, a seasoned journalist and playwright, has garnered recognition for adaptations of classical Spanish plays and original works on social issues. Nijjer, a versatile theater-maker and technologist, explores innovative audience engagement methods through interactive performances. Together, they drive Kaivalya Plays to push artistic boundaries, promote community engagement, and advocate for performer well-being.

Creative Team for "Mining Hate"

  • Direction and Performance by Varoon P. Anand
  • Design and Technical Production by Gaurav Singh Nijjer
  • Creative Technology Development by Denny George and Hasan Shahrukh
  • Object and Prop Development by Riddhijit Chattopadhyay
  • Devising and Development supported by Denny George, Hasan Shahrukh and Alia Sinha under the Propoganda Narratives Residency 2023
  • Supported by the MediaFutures "Artists for Media" Grant 2022. 

We would like to thank Yumin Ao and the team behind CAPAS2024 for their steadfast support in realizing this performance in Göttingen. 

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