Conversations on a Cross Town Algorithm

The National Sculpture Factory in association with Cork Midsummer Festival present Conversations on a Crosstown Algorithm, Live in the Granary Theatre for 3 nights ONLY in December 2022.

Performed by Juan Carlos Cuadrado as Olda Wiser @cuadrado97
and Mathea Hoffmann as Samantha @mathea_magdalena
Dialogues co-written with Jeremy Wade @germanywade
3D animation and technical direction by Bertrand Flanet assisted by Simon(e) Miné
@bertrandflanet @kentakozamine
Sound Design by Lugh O‘Neil @lugh___
Sound compositions by Caroline McCarthy @jackie.donie
Gong arrangements by Mona Ruijs @sound_interventions
Voice over programmer Pietro Bolcato
Installation concept by Celeste Burlina @celesteburlina
Lighting Design by Alan Mooney @alan_irl

The 3D-Theatre Play, Conversations on a Crosstown Algorithm (2022), is the first iteration of new work co-commissioned by National Sculpture Factory and based on a long-term artistic research project commissioned by Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung in 2020/21.

Mathea Hoffmann as Samantha.

The immersive 3D animation uses the traditional three-act structureof a play where the narrative centers around a long conversation between two characters, Samantha & Olda Wizer, performed by Mathea Hoffmann and Juan Carlos Cuadrado. Drawing on a range of psycho-analytical motives which are specific to the characters development, the dialogue is one part of a larger systemic virus. 

Conversations on a Crosstown Algorithm is probing us to reconsider the relationship between nature and technology at a time of simultaneous crises, by means of looking into new forms of queer subjectivity and their entanglements with data economy, artificial intelligence, and identity politics. With references to surveillance architectures and computational networks, the installation is set in a virtual chatroom, at times reminiscent of an abandoned data centre, or an empty casino, in which its queer protagonists find themselves trapped. As archetypical spaces for accumulation and reward through a system of conditioning and reinforcements, the setting calls into question the psychological disorders and malfunctioning processes accelerated by the desiring machines of capitalism. The title of the new work is a quote from the script developed in a collaborative auto-fictional writing process as part of O’Malley’s research fellowship