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.
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.
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