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“A theatrical delight, seriously smart, with a hint of science sexy….” The Arts Review
“More than any other theater troupe I can think of, Pan Pan finds the soul-muddling angst in the Internet age, when computers with cameras and microphones instantly serve up private lives for public consumption.” Ben Brantley, New York Times
“An example of a performance that shows how theatre is a magic-box and how the audience needs to play with it, use their imagination, and most importantly: think and consider”. Larissa Brigatti Tn2 Magazine
Nominated for two Irish Times Theatre awards.
Dates: 13 May - 16 May
Show Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: €22 full - €18 Concession
ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley explores what it is to be human, how artificial intelligence interferes or modifies natural human characteristics and scrutinises what is real and what is illusion, artificial or not. In the early 1960s, MIT developed artificial intelligence software called ELIZA, its title a direct reference to Shaw’s Pygmalion. ELIZA made certain kinds of natural language conversations between humans and computers possible. Our ELIZA is sent into an anonymous motel, where she interacts with four characters who are all mysteriously booked into the same room. Some of them seem to be barely alive, others too much so, and others may not be real. We are observers to a test: ELIZA is both learning from and assessing these individuals. In a series of scripted scenes, they explore love, death, metaphysics, evil and evolution, probing the points in our society where boundaries may be on the verge of disintegrating.
ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley is the search for a perfect, ‘scripted’ performance. Our ELIZA’s digital self and physical self-blur but will lead her to evolve into a more magical world, into imagination and the stratum of her true self. But of course Intelligent response is a trick. It all has to be scripted…..can a Robot write poetry? The concept of the uncanny valley suggests that humanoid objects which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit uncanny, or strangely familiar, feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers. They remind us that they are immortal and that we are going to die.
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Pan Pan is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and Dublin City Council
March 12 2020, at 04:48pm
In light of recent government recommendations, Project Arts Centre will be closed to the public from 6pm, 12th March until Monday 30th March, 2020. This may impact upon programming up to Easter. We'll be in touch with all ticket holders and will follow up with any public updates across all channels. To avoid confusion, we are taking the shows scheduled during this period offline. For a full list of these shows and events, please click HERE. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you back in the big blue building very soon! Wishing you well, Team Project xRead More
March 09 2020, at 11:10am
Fatima Groups United & Project Arts Centre are delighted to announce PROJECT FATIMA: ALL IN A Collaborative Arts Engagement Programme for 2020 Supported by the Ireland Funds, PROJECT FATIMA: ALL IN will develop the relationship between Fatima Groups United and Project Arts Centre which began in 2018. We'll be engaging with work together at Project across the disciplines of Dance, Theatre & Visual Art throughout 2020. Through seeing work, engaging in discursive sessions and participating in practical workshops with makers, ALL IN facilitates conversations between community residents and contemporary artists. ALL IN cultivates the potential for alternative ways of working with contemporary issues…Read More