The Philosophising Machine
27. May 2023, 05:30 – 09:30pm
28. May 2023, 01:00 – 05:00pm
29. May 2023, 03:30 – 07:30pm
The PHILOSOPHISING MACHINE is an artificial intelligence that brings dead thinkers back to life. With headphones and the push of a button, the audience can enter into a lively dialogue with Hannah Arendt, Karl Jaspers, Ernst Bloch and others and renegotiate their central themes for the present: Freedom, dissidence, otherness, censorship, social utopia, hope – in 20th-century Europe, these concepts were bargaining chips in postwar philosophy shaped by wartime experiences. Today, against the backdrop of current political developments, they unfold a new relevance.
HAU 4 Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
Online-Premiere at 01. November 2023
further shows: 02.- 06. November 2023
For two hours, an international online audience “inhabits” the online platform COMMUNE AI developed by Interrobang and meets artificial intelligences. In various game rounds, the participants get to know each other and try out new digital forms of life and community. The human players express wishes, preferences, expectations, and political goals, and the AIs make concrete proposals for their joint implementation. How do the AIs handle the classic communal conflicts about money distribution, cleaning schedules, plenary votes, power issues and jealousy? Do the AIs sensitively moderate and mediate them, or do they aggravate and exacerbate them? What new possibilities, problem areas and risks does the coexistence of humans and AI systems open up?
Chatbot-Challenge – a scenic Brainstorm with ChatGPT
In a rehearsal lab in June 2023 we will develop scenic ideas for a performance with ChatGPT. An hybrid stage production is planned, premiere in fall 2024.
The Rehearsal lab is supported by the Prozessförderung of Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. – with funds from the federal government.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer
during the festival “Spy on me #4” at HAU2 and HAU4
Premiere 30. September 2022
further shows: 01.-03. October 2022
“Chat-Inferno” examines the communication form of chats with all of their emotionalising and social volatility. Inspired by Dante’s “Inferno”, Interrobang establish a hybrid space in HAU2 where the audience can walk around with tablets and headphones and chat with each other. A parallel online audience can also take part in the chat. Together, the participants set off through the circles of hell of our time.
Berliner Zeitung about Interrobang and “The Philosophising Machine”:
“Interrobang develops a new form of interactive theatre “
Without doubt, the most important and difficult thing that Interrobang seeks is to offer as many different possibilities to the audience as possible to lure them out of their reserve and maybe even fear – certainly out of fixed patterns of behaviour and to expose them to new situations. For nearly ten years, the core group (…) have been experimenting with these very processes which they prefer to call ‘playing with the theatrical community’.
(…) Almost no other group carries out such intensive, self-critical research on this concrete theatrical awareness as Interrobang. (…) Interrobang’s participatory games are not simply inner journeys. You are lured into the cracks in the surface of reality you learn to see by playing the game.”
more about the “Philosophising Machine”
Nina Tecklenburg’s book about new narrative practices in performing arts has now been published in an English translation edited by Richard Schechners „enactments“ at „Seagull books“: Performing Stories. Narrative as Performance.
Collecting things, reading traces, retelling performances, tailoring identities, gaming narration: this book offers a new perspective on narrative beyond written language and drama. A fundamental guide on storytelling in contemporary theatre.