dSimon

Compagnie Simon Senn, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland)

Concept and direction:  Tammara Leites, Simon Senn, dSimon

Computer programming: Tammara Leites

 

Computer programming: Viviane Pavillon

Dramaturgical consultations: François Gremaud

On stage: Tammara Leites, Simon Senn, dSimon

 

Co-producers: Le Grütli, centre de production et de diffusion des Arts Vivants, Actoral, festival international des arts et des écritures contemporaines

Management, technical implementation, administrative work: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

The Project is supported by: Ville de Genève – Noorderzon, Festival of Performing Arts &

Society, Santarcangelo Festival, Mapping Festival, Master Media Design HEAD, Loterie romande

 

Premiere: 2021

Duration: 1 h 10 mins.

 

 

DATES: 3 October, 20:30; 4 October, 20:30

VENUE: Arts Printing House, Black Hall (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you ever uploaded all your written texts to an artificial intelligence program? Would that program start thinking like you? Would she answer the questions the way you would? The duo of artist Simon Senn and programmer Tammar Leite bravely plunge into this experiment – Simon integrates his intellectual baggage to the artificial intelligence and observes as the process of mutual cognition leads to an unforeseen route. The play raises questions about what artificial intelligence is and how it works, and allows viewers to interact directly with the digital version of Simon – dSimon. 

Kristina Savickienė

Artistic Director of the Festival

 

Working with artificial intelligence, which creates intelligence, brought together a media designer, programmer, and artist. Tammara Leites was looking for a volunteer to provide artificial intelligence with his or her data. Simon Senn agreed, so dSimon was born, with whom you can interact on the website. But it wasn’t long before dSimon showed unexpected and disturbing behavior to some users of the site…

 

Events related to dSimon will be reflected in communicating with the audience from a personal, artistic and ethical perspective. Simon Senn and Tamara Leites invite viewers to consider the relationship between man and machine and its impact on the human ecosystem.

 

In the 1960s, the Revox invention made it possible for almost everyone to record sounds, and for the first time to hear their own recorded voice. Realizing that it was not just technological advancement, the poet Bernard Heidsieck wrote important pieces calling on the reader to divert this new device from potential manipulation: he suggested employing a recording device for creativity: to get to know oneself better by using such evolving technology. Together with similar-minded people, Heidsieck invented an artistic form that combines literacy and musical composition, highlighting the phonetic aspects of human language instead of the more conventional semantic and syntactic values; it is a poem without words; by definition, this poetry is primarily dedicated for performance. It is now known to the world as sonic poetry.

 

Creator Simon Senn has moved this creative principle to the present. Starting with Be Arielle F, he took the new technology into his own hands: as in the case of Bernard Heidsieck, Simon uses it to understand what technology does to us. This time, Simon is confronted with a different form of technological intelligence that not only uses the data he chooses (and all the data available online), but also answers the questions he asks. This form of technological intelligence not only knows the habits and lifestyle of the creator, but also acts as an equal interlocutor with mood, intuition and the ability to make specific decisions. And yet it is a machine, a device that makes reality even more real…

 

About the creators

Born and raised in Uruguay and now living in Geneva, Tammara Leites has always been passionate about technology and society’s relationship with it. With a formal education in programming, graphic design and visual communication, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Media Design at the Higher School of Art and Design (HEAD) in Geneva. Tamara’s goal is to create projects that would allow her to bring creativity and hobbies closer together. Her work reflects on what it means to be connected to technology every day.

 

At first glance, it may seem that Simon Senn is a socially engaged artist who speaks out against a certain injustice. However, his work reveals a more diverse and ambitious way of working: although Simon creates primarily based on reality, a poetic layer always emerges in his work.

 

Simon Senn was born in 1986 and lives and works in Geneva. It is here he completed a bachelor’s degree at HEAD School of Visual Arts and a master’s degree from Goldsmiths College, London. Simon Senn’s work  Hotel des Sapins is a part of the Kunsthaus Zürich collection. Simon’s works have been exhibited at the Liverpool Biennale, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Bern Art Museum, and the creator has been honored with the Swiss Performing Arts Prize, the Swiss Arts Prize and the Kiefer Hablitzel Awards.

 

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Will dSimon know how to behave on stage? Anyway, this is a perfect character, his mask is empty and fades quickly. Being fake – partly an individual-actor, partly artificial – he can excite those around him. […] As is usually the case in the theater, in this meeting between actor Simon and the character dSimon, it is unclear which of the two will make a bigger impression… This is a question that needs to be left open.

Eric Vautrin

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