FESTIVAL / JUNE 11 TILL 16, 2019 // Curated by Christoph Gurk. In Cooperation with Ulla Heinrich, Fabian Pelzl und Dennis Pohl
The digitalisation and algorithmisation of every area of civilization is subjecting humanity to a radical change, comparable to the importance of “the introduction of book printing, the introduction of writing before that and the introduction of language before that”. This is how our keynote-speaker Dirk Baecker puts it in his current book “4.0 oder Die Lücke die der Rechner lässt”.
Will humanity succeed in transferring all of its cognitive abilities – memory, thought, reason, emotions, decisions, poetry-writing, music composition – to machines and robots: a superintelligence that outstrips and subordinates homo sapiens? Present times, in our age of deep learning, already contain enough matter for reflection: Do computers, networks and algorithms, the tools of self-determined humanity, complete the modern age? Do they still promise freedom, transparency and participation? Or are we trapped in the opaque networks of digital capitalism in which humans no longer appear as a unique species, but as data-based elements of networks?
While digitality and artificial intelligence have fundamentally transformed mass culture, especially the pop world, theatre mistakenly considers itself to be one of the last bastions of a genuinely analogue culture. Is that the reason why related topics and materials, besides gaming formats, have barely made an appearance in the performing arts?
For six days, the Münchner Kammerspiele will present a series of artistic approaches that aim to meet the challenges of the times. Lectures and panels will shed light on the current state of discussion, not only with regard to socio-political issues. The role of algorithms and robotics in the development of the arts will be just as central.
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Curated by Christoph Gurk. In Cooperation with Ulla Heinrich, Fabian Pelzl und Dennis Pohl.
Visual Markus Selg, Algorithmic Rituals (Prototyp), 2019