Cybernetic, Algorithmic, Systemic Theatre Symposium

Cybernetic, Algorithmic, Systemic Theatre Symposium

Orion Maxted / Frascati Producties

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Curated by Orion Maxted 

A day to come together for talks and theatre experiments by artists and scientists, including theatremaker Orion Maxted, bio-artists Špela Petrič, Miha Turšič, ​hacker and artist Nathan Fain, ​actors and artists: Ogutu Muraya, Noah Voelker, Leila Anderson, Thomas Dudkiewicz, Professor. Hans Westerho​f​f​ (Synthetic Systems Biology, UvA, VU, Manchester Uni)​, Stefania Astrologo (cancer epigenetics researcher) and ​Prof. ​Francis Heylighen (cybernetics, AI, director of Global Brain Institute) - all ​​moderated by Chris Keulemans. ​​
 
What is an algorithm? What is systems biology? What is cybernetics?
What might cybernetic, algorithmic or systemic theatre mean? What happens when we consider theatre a space to bring these conversations together? What strategies are artists ​applying to make ​these ​ideas into performance? In what ways is performance already systemic? And how ​might theatre ​​allow us to stare back​through the looking-glass of cybernetic, algorithmic and systemic theatre to observe​,​ shape​ and reflect upon this brave new systemic world?​ 

We are fascinated by systems, systems thinking, cybernetics, and algorithms - because they are reshaping​ our world for good and for bad​.​ The possible mechanisms by which human-kind might evolve, or go extinct, as well as infinite scope for creation and play. ​​They drive​ the internet, biotechnology, artificial intelligence​, our understanding of ‘ecosystem’, and much more. In parallel they shape our thinking, providing ​a set of interrelated ​​world views, ​metaphors and ​strategies​. They present a picture in which we think of economies, the internet, cells, language, performance and the concentration of wealth and power as sharing underlying principles of complex systems.

Gregory Bateson, ​the British cybernetician and anthropologist called this ‘​the ​pattern that connects’. What ​could it mean for ​human beings ​if we ​have access to a pattern​​ that includes all of human life, technology and nature?

This afternoon will be an opportunity to introduce these interrelated scientific fields to paralell approaches by contemporary theatre makers.​