Stage: May 6, 14:30 - 14:50
Lightning Talk: Algorithms as Actors on Stage
Georg Werner

How significant are algorithms in theatre today? What future possibilities are on the horizon and how will theatre change because of the use of digital technologies? What novel theatre aesthetics will they make possible? Under the title “Algorithmic Actors in Practice”, I want to present practical examples based on images and video clips from theatre productions by Blast Theory, Kay Voges, Chris Kodek und Christiane Kühl and Machina Ex as well as my own collaborations with the theatre and performance groups Interrobang (Callcenter Übermorgen, To Like or Not To Like, Das ThAEtrofon, Die Müllermatrix), Rimini Protokoll (Call Cutta in a Box, Situation Rooms) and Turbo Pascal. I also want to give an outlook of future developments in digital techniques in theatre and the requirements they will require.


Born 1980 in Dresden, and on the search for sounds and ways of making them ever since. Obtained a degree in cultural studies and aesthetic practice at the University of Hildesheim, studied experimental media design at the UDK Berlin and was a master student in sound art with Ulrich Eller at the HBK Braunschweig. As of 2007, he has been teaching courses on issues concerning sound art, sound installation and integrating technological artefacts into art-related contexts. Furthermore, he continues to work with various theatre groups. His work is characterised by the use of found objects and spaces, which he modifies in such a way that they create greater awareness and provide unexpected perspectives.

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