Alexander Schubert one of today's leading young artists in Germany, is also one of the most adept at bringing technology to the stage. Schubert has incorporated advances in artificial intelligence, explored over the past eighteen months with researchers at IRCAM. Anima™, his multimedia theater, is the name of an institution where visitors come into contact with their past and probable future. The interpreters, "patients" of this institute, obey a scenario delivered in real time. Everything has been developed from the real data of the performers from the Decoder Ensemble, in a continuous process of transformation and alienation. The characteristic features of the emotion, the genre, the affects will be varied and will generate artificial avatars. Through AI neural networks, classes and groups of individuals with the same properties are extracted to produce new entries: atypical, unexpected, fascinating results.
Anima™ is not just another survivalist fiction: it is about thinking of technology as the ultimate tool for introspection, rich with a thousand possibilities and a thousand dangers.
Alexander Schubert artistic direction, composition - Premiere 2022
Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou
Patricia Carolin Mai choreography
Alexander Giesche outside eye
Lucas Gutierrez video
Stefan Britze set design
Felina Levits costumes
Diego Muhr lighting
Thomas Goepfer, Dionysios Papanicolaou IRCAM electronics
Luca Bagnoli sound diffusion
Antoine Caillon, Philippe Esling IRCAM-STMS scientific collaboration (Musical Representations team – ACIDS)
Guy Marsan, So-Ying Fung actors
Leopold Hurt, Andrej Koroliov, Carola Schaal, Sonja Lena Schmid, Jonathan Shapiro