[THE BRAIN] is an experimental theatre piece that attempts to transform the audience and the space into a collective intelligence, aka, a mind. During the course of the performance that collective mind is challenged to think, ask and answer questions, and be creative collectively - until ultimately, that collective intelligence is able to decide what to do and maybe even write a performance - live in the space.
This is achieved by connecting the audience and their mobile phones in a distributed-intelligence network or swarm intelligence - and creating feedback loops between what the audience collectively write, and the ideas that come into existence live on stage.
The work draws on ideas from complex systems, contemporary cybernetics and neuroscience and network theory, but at the same time the work, the mind, is a metaphor about society, democracy, and the human condition. About the relationship between the individual and the group - between collective omnipotence and individual impotence. Is the world becoming an increasingly complex ‘global brain’? And if so, how is it possible to get the best ideas to rise to the surface and think about the survival of the group?