Annie Dorsen - The Great Outdoors

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Annie Dorsen tar sin lek med kunstig intelligens og algoritmer opp til nye høyder i denne forestillingen. I The Great Outdoors stiger publikum inn i en dome med en digital himmel, en hellig hvelving, som for å motta fremtidens nåde og beskue internettets indre verdensrom. Det kunstige landskapet er like sublimt som naturen selv: overveldende, fryktinngytende, uforutsigelig og vakkert – en påminnelse om hvor små og skjøre vi er i møte med det uendelige.

Annie Dorsen fremfører her en monolog basert på ulike kommentarfelt på internett, mens bilder og tekst flimrer over nattehimmelen. Manus er komponert av en robot, nærmere bestemt en algoritme, programmert til å tyde ordenes mening og sette dem sammen til fullstendige setninger. Fra kveld til kveld klipper og limer den fra sosiale plattformer som Reddit, hvor folk poster linker og bilder og kommenterer saker og ting som opptar dem. På samme måte som for oss, er det lettere for maskinen å tyde et enkelt budskap. Forestillingen beveger seg mellom det enkle og komplekse, mellom orden og kaos.

The Great Outdoors er en ambivalent kjærlighetserklæring til en verden i konstant endring. En kunstig verden av økende kompleksitet er satt som en beskyttende kuppel mot en naturlig verden vi er mer og mer fremmed for. Alt du er omgitt av er kunstig, storslått og intelligent.



Annie Dorsen takes her exploration of artificial intelligence and algorithms to new heights. In The Great Outdoors, the audience steps into a dome with a digital sky, a sacred vault, as to be blessed by the future and view the inner space of the internet. The artificial landscape is as sublime as nature itself: overwhelming, fearful, unpredictable and beautiful - a reminder of how small and fragile we are when facing the infinite.

Annie Dorsen performs a monologue made entirely out of comments from internet chat rooms, while images and text fragments flicker over the night sky. The script is composed by a robot, more specifically an algorithm. Every performance has a unique script, manufactured from social platforms like Reddit, where people post links and photos and comment on things that occupy them. Just like the human mind, it’s easier for the machine to compose and communicate a simplistic message. The performance races between the simple and the complex, order and chaos.

The Great Outdoors is an ambivalent love declaration to an ever changing world. An artificial world of increasing complexity is set as a protective dome against a natural world we are more and more estranged from. All you can see is artificial, breathtaking and intelligent.

  • By and with: Annie Dorsen
  • Text programming: Miles Thompson/Marcel Schwittlick
  • Starshow design: Annie Dorsen/Ryan Holsopple
  • Composer: Sébastien Roux
  • Dramaturge: Onome Ekeh
  • Star programmer: Ryan Holsopple
  • Technical director: Ruth Waldeyer
  • Co-production with: BIT Teatergarasjen, Crossing the Line Festival and Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen. Presented in collaboration with KODE
  • The Great Outdoors was supported: by the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program. The Great Outdoors was created with the support of King’s Fountain; a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award; was developed in part by Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Annandale on Hudson, NY); and supported by a residency at Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)

PERFORMANCES

  • Monday 28.05.18 20.00 Teater NOR
  • Tuesday 29.05.18 18.30 Teater NOR
  • Tuesday 29.05.18 21.00 Teater NOR
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