• Noorderzon: Simon Senn & Tammara Leites

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  • Ever heard of GPT? It is currently one of the most powerful forms of artificial intelligence (AI) in the world. After analysing thousands of websites, Wikipedia articles and books, it has taught itself to write so well that the texts can hardly be distinguished from those of humans. As an artist and researcher with a strong interest in GPT, Tammara Leites soon came across Swiss artist Simon Senn, also deeply into researching digital re-constructions. In pursuit of a ‘story’, Senn gave Leites all of his digital data, emails and online documents, as an experimental content base, and dSimon was born, an AI version of Simon Senn. Much to their chagrin, dSimon soon displayed problematic attitudes and behaviour, leaving Simon increasingly in the dark as to what the AI is thinking or will be doing with Simon’s identity and data. Why does dSimon make such an unnerving impression, and appear so human? And how will he act during the performance? This Working Step presentation (Premiere this autumn at Théatre Vidy-Lausanne) will be Senn’s second performance at Noorderzon, after the touching online performance Live Stream Arielle F at Noorderzon in 2020, in which he went in search of the real woman behind a virtual body.

    Simon Senn & Tammara Leites
    Simon Senn lives in Geneva. At first glance, his work seems to suggest that he is a socially committed artist speaking out against a certain type of injustice. However, his work sometimes reveals a more ambiguous approach, exploring aporias rather than articulating directed criticism. Even though his videos or installations are normally based on a certain reality, fiction is often mixed in.
    Tammara Leites was born and raised in Uruguay and lives in Geneva. Leites has always been passionate about photography and society’s relationship with it. She has a formal background in programming, graphic design and visual communication. In her work, she combines this with creativity. Her work reflects upon what it means to be a connected human every day. 

    Concept and direction | Tammara Leites, Simon Senn, dSimon 
    Computer programming | Tammara Leites 
    With | Tammara Leites, Simon Senn, dSimon  
    Production | Compagnie Simon Senn Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne Coproduction : Le Grütli, centre de production et de diffusion des Arts Vivants – Actoral, festival international des arts et des écritures contemporaines 

    With the support of | Ville de Genève, Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts & Society, Santarcangelo Festival, Mapping Festival

  • Prices
  • Normal: €12
  • Location
  • Bovenzaal (upstairs)
  • Duration
  • 60 minutes

  • Language
  • English

  • Ticket sales
  • Tickets will only be sold online through the Noorderzon website. The current availability of tickets is shown there.