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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 Westerhoff (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 backthrough 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.