Artificial: Room One

  • Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom
  • 2019
  • 20 min
  • Interactive, Performance, Immersive
  • World Premiere
  • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Spotlight
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How do you know if the person you’re talking to online is real and not a chatbot? The smarter the artificial intelligence behind the robots becomes, the harder it is to make a distinction. Members of the theater and performance company Ontroerend Goed (the Dutch play on words could roughly be translated as “Feel Estate”) recently had a conversation with a chatbot, which for a long time was indistinguishable from a “real” conversation. Then, out of the blue, the AI ​​asked them if they like to eat purple penguins.

Ten years ago the theater collective made a triptych of one-on-one performances. In Artificial: Room One, they return to this idea, but this time the participants are not two people, but a person and a machine. You’re invited to have an individual conversation with an AI ​​to teach it how to become more human, or to explain what it means to be human. Can the two of you develop an emotional relationship? And to what extent is this machine capable of evoking human emotions?

Artificial: Room One is co-commissioned by the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio and IDFA DocLab.

Tickets

Artificial: Room One (DocLab: Exhibition)
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Fri 22 November - 11:00 - 21:00
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Artificial: Room One (DocLab: Exhibition)
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Discover 30+ interactive artworks, VR installations and AI experiments. Free admission.

Sat 23 November - 11:00 - 21:00
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Artificial: Room One (DocLab: Exhibition)
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Discover 30+ interactive artworks, VR installations and AI experiments. Free admission.

Sun 24 November - 11:00 - 21:00
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Artificial: Room One (DocLab: Exhibition)
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Discover 30+ interactive artworks, VR installations and AI experiments. Free admission.

Mon 25 November - 11:00 - 21:00
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Artificial: Room One (DocLab: Exhibition)
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Discover 30+ interactive artworks, VR installations and AI experiments. Free admission.

Tue 26 November - 11:00 - 21:00
Tolhuistuin

Artificial: Room One (DocLab: Exhibition)
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Discover 30+ interactive artworks, VR installations and AI experiments. Free admission.

Wed 27 November - 11:00 - 21:00
Tolhuistuin

Credits

  • 20 min
  • Spoken languages: English
Created by
Ontroerend Goed
Production
Ontroerend Goed
Key collaborator
Alexander Devriendt, Angelo Tijssens, Sophie Kurpershoek, Marie Peeters
Co-production
IDFA, National Theatre

IDFA history

2019
World Premiere
DocLab Domesticating Reality
IDFA DocLab Spotlight

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