[THE MACHINE] Orion Maxted Partly inspired by Georges Perec’s radio play of the same title, Orion and his collaborators are building a performance machine. [THE MACHINE] is formed by people continually reproducing and mutating each other’s words and gestures according to an algorithm. Output becomes input creating a continual live feedback-loop and the potential for complex behaviour to emerge from simple rules. By applying algorithmic transformations to everyday language [THE MACHINE] produces a different output each time it is performed, and is constantly evolving new structures. In this computer the human components playfully destabilise the discontinuity between nature and machine; asking in what ways we are, in our language, our subjectivities, our societies, our bodies, our collectivities – conglomerations of machines or algorithms. And by the same token, how machines are extensions of us, and so of nature. [THE MACHINE] presents existential vertigo, a proposition for thinking together, and a roller-coaster of language, imagination and shifting subjectivites - and aims to be at once thought provoking, oddly entertaining, unsettling and potentially useful. It is a laboratory for the creation of new modes of thinking together; a system for navigating the space of possibility; testing new systems of thought, new subjectivities, new ideas, new worlds.
idea and direction Orion Maxted original version co-devised in collaboration with Michael Burditt Norton and Margo van de Linde performed by Leila Anderson, Ogutu Muraya, Chiara Wilde, Margo van de Linde & Orion Maxted Creative producer Gina-Alina Patilea advisors Siegmar Zacharias, Jeroen Fabius, Andrea Božić systems biology advisor Hans Westerhoff thanks to DasArts, Master of Theatre AHK, for supporting the development of the piece.
22:15 in Frascati 2. A conversation: Andra Bozic/Orion Maxted/Nicole Beutler