URLAND doet - De Empty Space

Wed 22 May ’24 and Thu 23 May ’24
An experiment with AI as an artistic partner.
Wed 22 May ’24
Thu 23 May ’24

In URLAND doet De Empty Space, the collective experiments with AI as an artistic partner. Starting point: empty space. From there, artificial intelligence (AI) builds the performance, with URLAND as puppets. 

We asked ChatGPT, “Write a script, based on URLAND’s previous work, about a collective experimenting with AI as an artistic partner.” We cloned our voices with a voice cloning software. From nothing, AI creates something. 

“Meet [insert name performance collective], an avant garde theater troupe. The story follows the troupe’s journey as they grapple with the integration of AI in theater, exploring themes of ‘creativity’, ‘human vs. machine’, and the ‘evolution of art.” URLAND embraces the unknown and flies with wings of wax beyond the clouds. 

URLAND doet De Empty Space is one of several research projects for Formerly Known As (november 2024). In this performance URLAND attempts to create something out of nothing. An ode to the birth of births. The trauma of traumas, reboot, restart, rebirth. Repeat. 

‘URLAND doet’ is a playful series with experiments. An ode to that which is unfinished, the imperfect, the rawness of the working studio. No tour, but exclusively in Rotterdam. URLAND acts, because according to the collective, the answer to an issue often lies in the doing. The spectator becomes a participant and accomplice in a performance that may or may not be made. Together we grope in the dark. 

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 45 min.


URLAND is een performancecollectief. URLAND werkt autonoom. URLAND wil Gesamtkunst. URLAND heeft geen methode. URLAND experimenteert. URLAND oefent het niet-ik. URLAND eigent toe, citeert en samplet. URLAND streeft naar het Universele. URLAND gelooft in live art in postdigital times. Ruben Verkuylen verzorgt sinds 2018 de huisstijl van URLAND. URLAND heeft zich aan Theater Rotterdam verbonden voor een meerjarige samenwerking. URLAND wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door Gemeente Rotterdam en Fonds Podiumkunsten.

concept URLAND by and with Thomas Dudkiewicz, Marijn Alexander de Jong & Jimi Zoet technique Denzo Theatertechniek (André Goos) & Marcel Jansse production management Andrea van Bussel & Elise de Fooij photography Sandra Zegarra Patow graphic design Ruben Verkuylen publicity/marketing Esra J. Merkel and Pien Visser business management Martha van Meegen business assistance Mara Liza de Bakker