In [In code], human beings are covered over by non-organic beings as natural life gives way to artificial life. These virtual organisms, or digital agents, are created from the pure material used to present digital information: the pixel. Graphic entities endowed with their own genetic behavioural code, these agents come into being through a generative visualization process inspired by artificial intelligence. For the choreographic research, we collaborated with specialists in two recognized somatic practices, Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering. Our objective was to define a set of performative instructions incorporating certain somatic principles and place them in relation within a coded, autonomous digital environment.
We initiated this creation with the aim of exploring physical and digital performance from a new angle: that of the relationship between natural and artificial life and the transformation of our view of the body in that perspective. We deliberately expose spectators to sustained duration and surprising sensorial stimulation. They are brought to reflect and to self-observe their way of looking at things. If they give themselves up to the experience, they see feelings becoming thoughts, the act of perceiving becoming an act of intelligence, and the process of seeing being transformed into a creative act.
Concept and direction: Marie-Claude Poulin
Performance and choreographic research: Marie-Claude Poulin, Emma W. Howes
Media environment and scenography: Martin Kusch
Sound: Alexandre St-Onge, Martin Kusch
Costume: Max Wohlkoenig
Advisors: Johanna Hegenscheidt, Martin Kusch, Elisabeth Molle, Katharina Rustler
Deutscher Bühnenverein, Germany, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts,
Conseil des Arts de Montréal
2012 Uferstudios, Berlin / DE