There is a transformative event looming on the horizon of the 21st century. An event that could dramatically alter every institution and aspect of human life, ushering in a new stage of evolution: the Singularity, or the age of intelligent, self aware machines. In this future period the pace of technological change will be so rapid and its impact so deep that human life will be irreversibly transformed. The Singularity promises a merger of the biological and the technological; a world where we are still human but transcend our organic roots. Soon there will be no distinction between human and machine, between physical and virtual reality.
But if we are all to be uploaded and digitized, customized and upgraded, what becomes of the ‘us’ now? The simple, the irrational, the emotional, the distressed? What of our meat-only bodies equipped with slow speech and language, our bodies that tire and wear?
Everything Happens So Much is a piece that rests in the tension between our raw, flawed and unfinished human natures and the pristine potential of a totally digitized destiny. A space where bodies and words, movement and spoken text merge as we stumble towards the creation of a future that may already be assured.
Concept: Sandy Williams – Text: Inger Christensen & Sandy Williams – Creation & performance: Sandy Williams & Julien Monty – Music: Mort Garson & Sandy Williams – Technique: Lise Poyol – Production: wpZimmer (Antwerp) & Loge 22 (Lyon) – Co-production: Kaaitheater, with support from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union – Residencies: wpZimmer (Antwerp), Vooruit (Ghent), Buda (Kortrijk), De Pianofabriek (Brussels), Le Pacifique Cdc (Grenoble), CNDC (Lyon)