steirischer herbst 2010
Annie Dorsen (USA) "Hello Hi There"
Sat 25/09, 9.30 pm, Sun 26/09 & Mon 27/09, 7.30 pm, Dom im Berg
What are human skill and virtuosity now that it’s clear that machines and artificial intelligence better us when it comes to craftsmanship? What if creativity, awareness and freedom cease to be purely human domains? New York director Annie Dorsen takes the famous television debate between the philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist and activist Noam Chomsky from the Seventies as inspiration and material for a dialogue between two specially developed chatbots: every evening, these computer programs designed to mimic human conversations perform a new – as it were, improvised – live text. “Hello Hi There” is an intimate collaboration between man and machine – an intelligent and, alarmingly often, creative and humorous dialogue on humanity in the age of its digital reproduction.

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