Discovery Zone (Photo: Andie Riekstina)
Discovery Zone (Photo: Andie Riekstina)
Thursday, 26.8.2021
20:40 – 21:20 / 21:40 – 22:20 / 23:00 – 23:40, Maschinenhaus
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Discovery Zone

»Cybernetica« by Discovery Zone is a performance piece conceived at the intersection of a pop concert and a PowerPoint presentation. We follow one character on a journey to discover her identity through the mirror of her online existence. Memories, words and images get explored through data visualisations, Natural Language processing, and GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks) to try to puzzle together what it means to be a human in this paradoxical era of digital dominance. Utilizing a special 3D projection screen, Discovery Zone will take the audience on a journey through her own memories, dreams and writing, woven together with advertisements, fragments of pop culture and a collage of her musical catalog, forming a piece that plays with the materiality of identity through the lens of exponential technological developments in the context of hyper-capitalism. Taking inspiration from multi-disciplinary artists like Laurie Anderson, the performance will incorporate video, live music and experiments with sound and lightthat play with the relationships between the profound and the profane in entertainment, philosophy, internet culture and theatrics.

Credits: JJ Weihl (concept, music, lyrics & performance), Dave Biddle (informational interlude & saxophone), Damien Granier (3D content), Etienne Arras (music / mixing), The Quiets (data research and visualization), Sam Potter & James Barry (We Dream Unlimited), James Barry (graphic design), Amande Dagod (management)

Discovery Zone (Photo: Andie Riekstina)
Discovery Zone (Photo: Andie Riekstina)