DANCE-THEATRE
        FOR HUMANS
  AND OTHERS
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REPLICA is a physical theatre platform to invent and rehearse future realities.

It welcomes performers, directors and scientists wishing to collaborate on imagining tomorrow’s rituals, to devise new interaction models for humans and technologies, and to prototype tools, cultures and rituals.

Through physical theatre techniques moderated by reflections on social, cultural and technological interferences, the group devises poetic languages and sensible devices to explore and express new interaction models.

In a world of wearable technologies and digital colonisation, these anticipative explorations investigate the intelligence of moving bodies, new folklores and identities through algorithmic choreography, and question the current systems of values.

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[research]

The Shape Of Things To Come

With the support of VW Stiftung and Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, we are working on THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME, a practice-led research project exploring how theatre techniques can be employed to reverse-engineer cognition and emotions, to invent new forms of communication between human and machine, and to rehearse future societies.

[event]

January 18 + 23 ~ Pure Affect

Launched as part of Vorspiel 2019, Pure Affect is a new series co-curated with artist collective 'without appeal', and the occasion for us to curate across various performative media to explore new narratives and embrace original perspective shifts — looking at our society from different vantage points scattered in time and space. The first session will take place at Atelier Äuglein on January 23, and it will be preceded by an intervention at ACUD Theatre during the Vorspiel opening on January 18.

[performance]

October 18 ~ The Silver Farms

Presented at Silent Green, The Silver Farms is an augmented dance-theatre piece looking at the topic of Artificial Intelligence and religion through the devising of hybrid rituals, questioning the need for words while calling for a resurrection of the body as an expressionist tool. It was commissioned by STATE Studio as the closing event for a day of conferences organised by ÖFIT.
A trailer from the performance is now online.

[prototype]

Ghid

We just shot some videos to present two of our reactive devices: Ghid, a little guidance systems that flashes and beeps, and which is the perfect partner for some simple human-human-machine trust exercises. The infrared distance sensor enables navigation in dark spaces; and Qiú, our very first prototype of a reactive dance partner. Tapping into its gyroscopic and accelerometric capabilities, the capricious ball modifies both sound and colour depending on the movement, and feeds back into the piece by enforcing a certain mood.

[performance]

September 22 ~ Interconnected

Presented at DAT QUAD Festival at STATE Studio in October 2018, Interconnected explores the notion of faith and trust between humans blindly, bravely stepping into the future and the colourful, playful, noisy machines guiding them into a chaos of their own making—glitched safeguards struggling to manage the irrational humanity.
Snippets of this piece can be seen here.

[workshop]

JUNE 17 & JULY 15 ~ THE MAGIC THING

Taking place at SomoS Art House, our new workshop series invited performers, technologists, scientists and designers are invited to collaborate on the topic of augmented bodies, embodied cognition and extended emotion, with as goals to imagine new ways to bend and distort senses; to co-devise an augmented performance; and to create emotional spaces polarized around physical and virtual objects.
Here are some results from the sessions.

[workshop]

MAY 2 ~ REPLICA AT REPUBLICA

We held a workshop entitled Coding Performance: Algorithms & Rituals at Re:Publica 2018, during which we ran a short social experiment to explore the implications of instincts adapting to machines; of artificial intelligences becoming cultural artefacts; of algorithms monitoring the social computer. As a group, we performed interactive exercises for ritualising human-machine collaboration, and devise a minimal compositional piece based on modern routines viewed from different vantage points.
Take a peek into this workshop.

[performance]

MARCH 13 ~ SEARCHING FOR THE LIGHTHOUSE

A immersive performance, Searching for The Lighthouse explores human rituals devoted to coping with the enigmatic character of algorithmic logic. Using sound art, reactive devices and biosensors to augment physical theatre, it stages the hopeful search for an incantation able to appease forces of an artificial nature—signals once domestic gone feral.
The performance took place at Liebig12, Berlin. << Footage available here >>.

[workshop]

FEB 03 + 04 ~ THE LIGHTHOUSE

REPLICA’s operations have launched with a first workshop with co-hosted by Joana Chicau and Diana Neranti. Our guest for the weekend, Joana’s practice of live coded performances explores the interconnections between natural and programming languages. Diana’s input merges viewpoint techniques with reactive devices and fiction, creating a mental space to be explored through movement.
The workshop took place at Kunstkooperative Kreuzberg. << Footage available here >>.

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The Silver Farms Icon
  • The Silver Farms

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  • ~ Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin — 2018
Interconnected Icon
  • Interconnected

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  • ~ STATE Studio, Berlin — 2018
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  • Qiú

  • ■■■■■■□ _ prototype
The Lighthouse Icon
  • The Lighthouse

  • ■□■■■■■ _ workshop
  • ~ Kunstkooperative Kreuzberg, Berlin — 2018
Ghid Icon
  • Ghid

  • ■■■■■■□ _ prototype
25/7 Stars Icon
  • 25/7 Stars

  • ■□■■■■■ _ performance
  • ~ 7 Star Gallery, Berlin — 2018
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Checking The Lines Icon
The Magic Thing Icon
  • The Magic Thing

  • ■□■■■■■ _ workshop
  • ~ SomoS Art House, Berlin — 2018
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  • Gray Matters

  • ■■■■■■■ _ performance
  • ~ hkw berlin 2017
  • ~ spektrum berlin 2018
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  • Unfold Community

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  • ~ Spektrum, Berlin 2018/li>

[ONGOING]

The Shape Of Things To Come

With the support of VW Stiftung and Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, we are working on THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME, a practice-led research project exploring how theatre techniques can be employed to reverse-engineer cognition and emotions, to invent new forms of communication between human and machine, and to rehearse future societies.

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