Annie Dorsen (USA)
Hello Hi There
50% performance
50% machine intelligence

What are human skill and virtuosity now that it’s clear that machines and artificial intelligence better us when it comes to craftsmanship? What if creativity, awareness and freedom cease to be purely human domains? What is the contemporary state of mechanical thought and speech?
New York director Annie Dorsen takes the famous television debate between the philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist and activist Noam Chomsky from the Seventies as inspiration and material for a dialogue between two specially developed chatbots: every evening, these computer programs designed to mimic human conversations perform a new – as it were, improvised – live text.
In the tradition of mediaeval mystics such as Ramon Lull and Albertus Magnus, who once strove to build mechanical men with feathers, bronze and levers, aspiring to resolve the most difficult philosophical problems, the chatbots are a contemporary answer to the question of the artificial mind. What world of thought can arise when two computers sit down together and reflect on what they have in common with us? “Hello Hi There” is an intimate collaboration between man and machine – an intelligent and, alarmingly often, creative and humorous dialogue on humanity in the age of its digital reproduction.


Annie Dorsen: Hello Hi There

Annie Dorsen (USA) Biography

Co-produced by steirischer herbst & Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen),
Black Box Teater (Oslo) & PS122 (New York City)
With support and Residence by Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Rensselaer)

Sat 25/09, 9.30 pm
Sun 26/09 & Mon 27/09, 7.30 pm

16 / 10 €

English language

Talk following the second performance

Dom im Berg
Concept & Direction
Annie Dorsen
Video & Projections
Kate Howard
Systems & Sound design
Jeff Gray
Stage & Light
Edward Pierce
Chatbot software design
Robby Garner
Nicolas Siepen & Berno Odo Polzer
Stephen Brackett
Cynthia Cahill
Lisa Schmidt
Thanks to
Joanna Bailie, Bojana Cvejic, Jan Ritsema, Anne Juren, Tom Morse, Katherine Profeta, Paul McGeiver, Sara Garner, Roland Rauschmeier & Star Trek (original series)

Production director Graz
Dominik Jutz
Nora Wolloch
Technical director
Martin Schachner & Hermann Schapek

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