Tammara Leites / Simon Senn

  • Performance

The work on an artificial intelligence that produces intelligence brought media designer Tammara Leites and artist Simon Senn together. Tammara Leites searched for a volunteer willing to feed the AI with training data. Simon Senn consented and provided his complete digital data, emails, and documents. Thus was born the AI dSimon with which interaction via a website is possible. But before long, dSimon displayed unexpected and disturbing behaviour towards some website users.

The events surrounding dSimon will be reflected upon in interaction with the audience, from a personal, artistic, and an ethical perspective. Simon Senn and Tamara Leites invite the audience to contemplate the relation between human and machine and its influence on the human ecosystem.

Concept, director: dSimon, Simon Senn, Tammara Leites; With: dSimon, Simon Senn, Tammara Leites; Coding: Tammara Leites; Artistic collaboration: Viviane Pavillon; Dramaturgy: François Gremaud.

A production by Compagnie Simon Senn, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, coproduced by Le Grütli, centre de production et de diffusion des Arts Vivants – Actoral, festival international des arts et des écritures contemporaines. Supported by Ville de Genève, Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts & Society, Santarcangelo Festival, Mapping Festival, Master Media Design HEAD, Loterie romande. In collaboration with the production, tech, audiences & communication and the administration of Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne. The guest performance is supported by Pro Helvetia. Also funded as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.