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Annie Dorsen: Hello Hi There

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Annie Dorsen: Hello Hi There

Language is meaningless, thought is pointless, and we’re all gonna die. Hello, hi there!

This unusual performance by New York-based director Annie Dorsen illustrates the extent to which a human can be replaced by a computer. The machines debate human nature and the various facets of human intelligence in a conversation based on the famous discussion from the 1970s between Micheal Foucault and Noam Chomksy. Dorsen uses this material, along with additional text culled from YouTube, the Bible, Shakespeare, the big hits of western philosophy and other sources, to construct computer programs which create a new, "improvised," dialogue.

What does humanism, and the belief in human virtuosity, mean when machines and artificial intelligence are able to so easily outdo us? Can something worthwhile come out of the reflections of two computers? Hello Hi There is an intelligent, sometimes scary, creative and humorous dialogue about humanity in the age of its digital reproduction. Theatre becomes a digital art.

"Dorsen's oddly theatrical show has the power to stimulate as well as simulate discussion" - Time Out New York

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