Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst: Chain Opera

© Daniel Nevis

  • In Englisch
  • Not suitable for children under the age of 12

SAT 06 Oct 2018, 20:30
Artist Talk II: Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1

“Chain Opera” is a documentation of a performance conducted with an expanded ensemble. The piece includes narration, choral music, and filmed material.

The more we work on the topic of artificial intelligence, a tool quite distinct from any other we have created as a species, the further back our focus takes us, to the earliest origins of music, polyphony, tool making, and mimesis. The musicologist Gary Tomlinson suggests that primitive humans, rather than having a map or plan for stone tool creation, instead depended on entrainment, or collectively choreographed and chained sequences of activity, to forge these technological extensions of our capacity. As we approach the dawn of a new era of suprahuman intelligence to which we have no map or close analogue, we wonder what kinds of collective choreographies will become necessary. What we do is what we become.

With Melissa Holroyd, Frank Jendrzytza
Voice Lily Anna Hanes
Choreography Jos McKain
Director of Photography, Editing & Colour Correction Daniel Costa Neves
Production & Set Management Max Reich
Sound Recording Sean O’Connor
Hair & Make-up Christian Fritzenwanker
Hair & Make-up assistant Dushan Petrovic
Assistant Camera Jason Yanez
Digital Imaging Technician Marius Hoppe
Gaffer Moritz Friese
Electrician Paul Näther
Music Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst
Performed by Roman Ole Bindert, Annie Garlid, Lyra Pramuk, Albertine Sarges, Evelyn Saylor, Colin Self, Sarah A. Wessendorf
Thanks to Charité Berlin, Houwaida Goulli, Honey Box Catering, Jos McKain, Cullen Miller, Trevor Paglen, Brandon Sanchez, Evelyn Saylor, Colin Self, Matt Werth