Rimini Protokoll, the reformers of German performing arts, examine the relationship between man and machine in Espoo on Aug 18 – 20, 2022.
A writer replaces himself with a robot
Uncanny Valley recounts the German writer Thomas Melle’s story. Melle lives with bipolar disorder. The challenges brought on by the illness inspired a notion of being occasionally replaced by a robot. A robot feels no anxiety, no social pressures, no hiccups occur. And so, in Uncanny Valley, instead of the writer, we meet his replica, a robot. The switch rouses questions, and perhaps difficult feelings. What separates man from machine?
Today, robots are mostly used in industrial production, but, in Asia particularly, life-like robots, humanoids, are used in care work, or as sexual partners. And yet, when a machine is too human-like, we feel unpleasantly confused: what is a human, what is a machine? Describing our eerie emotional response to the verisimilitude of a humanoid, Japanese robotics scientists coined the term uncanny valley.
A pioneer group familiar to Finns
Uncanny Valley is directed by Stefan Kaegi, a founding member of Rimini Protokoll. The Berlin-based arts company was founded in 2000. Ever since, the company have explored and expanded the means of creating new perspectives on reality through performance and drama.
Rimini Protokoll create their stage productions, interventions, performance installations, and radio plays in collaboration with experts who mostly work in fields other than theatre. Several of their works are interactive and playfully engage with technology. Rimini Protokoll have previously visited Finland as part of Helsinki Festival and Baltic Circle festival programme.
Performed in English. Finnish voice over available. Duration 1 h.
In Espoo Cultural Centre, Louhi Hall Thu 18.8. at 18 & 20.30, Fri 19.8. at 18 & 20.30 and Sat 20.8. at 15.
Immerse yourself in the theme of super-intelligence
Uncanny Valley is a part of Helsinki Festival, EMMA, and Espoo City Theatre’s collaborative programme examining the connections between art and artificial intelligence (AI).
A discussion event on Uncanny Valley, and the questions the performance raises. The event is hosted by theatre curator Julia Pajunen.
Uncanny Valley discussion event at Espoo Cultural Centre’s exhibition space Ahjo on Thu Aug 18 at 7.15pm.
Expanding on the theme of super-intelligence, American multidisciplinary artist Holly Herndon brings her work IP to Helsinki Festival. Experimenting with machine learning technologies, Herndon combines music, technology, and art. IP is the first in a new series of works focusing on techniques of producing and performing sound.
IP at Tanssin talo, Pannuhalli on Fri Aug 26 at 8.30pm and on Sun Aug 28 at 6pm.
A discussion on Art and Artificial Intelligences on Espoo Day, Sat Aug 27 at 1pm, organised by Helsinki Festival and EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Joining the conversation are artists Holly Herndon and Sougwen Chung, whose work is currently presented in EMMA’s ‘In Search of the Present’ exhibition. The event is hosted by Marko Ahtisaari, Artistic Director of Helsinki Festival. Free entry.
EMMA Talks x Helsinki Festival: Art and Artificial Intelligences, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art on Sat Aug 27 at 1pm.