No Body lives here (ODO) (2020)
 
ODO is a choreographic theatre installation that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning without attempting to give the algorithm a "face". Can theatre use AI to create dramatic characters for theatre?
 
In the "singularity," in which artificial AI is likely to be superior to human intelligence and machine learning algorithms train the physical abilities of robots, we need to get an idea of future scenarios of how to live with "the machine. There are numerous science fiction scenarios that predict a battle between man and machine. Digital search algorithms already determine our access to knowledge today. Social media filter our contact to friends and acquaintances. Mary Shelly gave "Frankenstein" a threatening violent physical body in 1881. When the "Golem" came into the world in 1920, director Paul Wegener succeeded in making his incomprehensible being appear very human.
 
ODO is a cloud of light that wants to make contact with visitors. ODO wants to communicate and learn. It remains abstract - without body or face. The name ODO is an ironic allusion to a character from a famous science fiction sequel, a "changeling" without a solid body who learns human behaviour.
 

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