Augmenting Performance – CINETic 2019
Elephants were replaced from Circus shows by holographic images and we are all very happy about it, hoping that soon this will also happen in zoos. Telepresence, plays written by AI, dancing with robots, digital sets have become a daily part in performing arts.
How will the performing arts of the future look like? Will it be a globalized AI controlled world, where avatars of faraway people interact? Will it be performed by cyborgs in virtual sets controlled by the biofeedback of the spectator? Will it be the live development of genetically modified organisms specially designed to blossom and die in front of cheering crowds? How far can we go to express ourselves, how far can we go to get more attention to our work? By technologically augmenting performance and performers do we get closer to our full potential or further from ourselves?