BY RIMINI PROTOKOLL (STEFAN KAEGI) AND THOMAS MELLE
Director: Stefan Kaegi
Thomas Melle invites you to an evening lecture on instability. But who is speaking and what is his agenda? For “Uncanny Valley”, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) made a copy of Thomas Melle (“Die Welt im Rücken”) in the form of a humanoid robot. What happens when a person is copied? Does the original person get to know himself better through his electronic double? Technology is taking over all sorts of menial work, and is now being tested on stage: What if a humanoid robot performs the lecture instead of the writer? Would the robot become a performer whose facial expressions, gestures and language trigger empathy – but then, empathy with whom? With Melle himself, who is not there, or with the robot? Whose voice is heard in the Uncanny Valley? Thomas Melle gives up control. The humanoid robot takes over and asks himself every night: what does it mean for the original when the copy takes over? Does he become more or less invisible?
An English translation can be provided on request.
Head of Robot Project and Puppetteering: Chris Kunzmann
Lead Robot Construction: Andreas Mattijat
Lead Robot Programmer and Puppetteering: Stefano Trambusti
Assistant Robot construction: Jonathan Noormann
Robotcontrol and programming support: Daniel Stiber
Electronic support: Hendrik Donner
Moldmaking and galsfibertec: Niko Weber
FDM Print Construstion cleanup and 3D Print assist: Delia Kunzmann