Cybernetic theatre performance The Brain by Orion Maxted

Written by Orion Maxted

[THE BRAIN] is an experimental piece that will transform the theatre and the audience into a collective intelligence, aka, a mind. During the course of the performance that collective mind will learn to think, ask and answer questions, and be creative together - until ultimately, that collective intelligence is able to decide what to do and maybe even write a performance - live in the space. This will be achieved by connecting the audience together via mobile phones in a distributed-intelligence network or swarm intelligence - and creating feedback loops between what the audience collectively write, and the ideas that come into existence live on stage. The work draws on ideas from complex systems, contemporary cybernetics and neuroscience and network theory, but at the same time [THE BRAIN] is a dynamic metaphor about society, democracy, and the human condition. About the relationship between the individual and the group - between collective omnipotence and individual impotence. About the micro- to the macro cosmos - do the mind and world share a common structure? Is the world becoming an increasingly interconnected ‘global brain’? And if so, how do we get the best ideas to rise to the surface and think about the survival of the group?

The Brain @ Frascatti, Amsterdam

Theatre Frascati 4
Nes 71, 1012 KD Amsterdam

Feedback dates:
Feedback session 1: Thur 1 March, 18h00 - 21h00
Feedback session 2: Thur 8 March, 18h00 - 21h00

Public events:
General rehersal: Mon 12 March, 19h00 - 22h00
General rehersal: Tue 13 March, 19h00 - 22h00
General rehersal: Wed 14 March, 19h00 - 22h00
Premiere: Thur 15 March, 20h30 - 23h30
Performance 2: Fri 16 March, 19h00 - 22h00
Performance 3: Sat 17 March, 20:30 - 23h30

RSVP to wickedthinkingcompany@gmail.com