The Oslo Experiment.

The Oslo Experiment is a series of interactive performances developed by choreographer Magnhild Fossum, artist Mats J. Sivertsen, musician Leon Muraglia and dramaturg Vera de Vlieger.

Video from the pilot performance.



Synopsis

In this piece we meet the cyborg Me-Me as she comes to life for the first time. She is placed behind a plastic curtian in a laboratory, to which her inventor has invited the audience to take part in a series of tests. They are encouraged to interact with the cyborg through the screen. Me-Me is equipped with sensors and buttons that can be manipulated by both the audience and the performer alike. Through a transparent sheet and holes the audience can interact directly and indirectly with the cyborg as she tries to learn human behaviour based on what she observes. Through each interaction Me-Me's humanity slowly evolves. The performance typically lasts 15 minutes.



Artist Statement

Technology: empowerment or entrapment? OSLX is a piece about the human condition in our modern techno-crazed time. It seeks to explore how the use of different types of technology influences our modes of operation. Does this use only empower us – or does it at the same time alienate us? Does it bring us closer or further apart? The answer to this is probably both. Technology, which may or may not be ideologically neutral, will always have a profound influence on how we interact with each other and our surroundings. It will also shape how we see ourselves as human beings. In this piece we explore the nature of this type of technology and the power structures it begets. What is the relation between empowerment and alienation while interacting with new communication technologies? Freud had some thoughts on this towards the end of his life, stating that technology had made man «a god with artificial limbs», but was also eager to point out that «modern man does not feel happy with his god-like nature.»


Reviews (Norwegian)

«Publikum i Zimbabwe og internasjonale gjester som besøkte utstillingen ‹Over grensene› ved nasjonalgalleriet i Harare, fikk se en serie performance-stykker på rundt femten minutter hver. De to første dagene etter åpningen gikk stykket ‹ME ME›, en interaktiv bevegelsesinstallasjon bestående av dans og spesialdesignet lydteknologi. Danseren har på seg bevegelsessensorer som styrer den elektroniske musikken i takt med bevegelsene. Kurator ved nasjonalgalleriet, Raphael Chikukwa, sier han håper at utstillingen ‹ME ME› kan være en inspirasjonskilde til kreative initiativ i kunstnermiljøene.»

– Ethel Irene Kabwato, Ny Tid, 12.06.2011 (ref)


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