Inspired by Daniel Dennett’s philosophical experiment, this work is a ‘conversation’ between a performer (Dan Watson) and a ‘Speaking Space’ (created by the composer and coder, Simon Katan).
The work presents the impossible scenario of the protagonist’s brain being removed from his body and installed in a lab from where it continues to control and think as though it were sill inside his body.
A solo performer, (body and brain intact), wrestles with the space and with the concept of consciousness itself in an attempt to define, control and locate his self-ness. The work illuminates the issues of body/mind dualism, personal agency, free will and control that are highlighted in current research in the field of cognitive neuroscience and AI.
“A funny, cunning and technically subtle mind- bender with an adept and very engaging central performance from Dan Watson.” – Donald Hutera
watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/77220945Conceived and directed by Margurerite Galizia, developed in collaboration with Simon Katan (sound and software) and performed by Daniel Watson. ‘Where am I?’ was commissioned by dancedigital and supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council England.
Performance Dates / Times:
26th April 6pm– University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Ave – MK41 9DU Bedford – United Kingdom Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dancedigital-mobilities-festival-25-27-april-2014-tickets-10668233975
3rd May 7.30pm– The Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire AL10 9EU Tickets: http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/events/2014/may/dance-springs
16th May 7.30pm – Please note, due to the scratch nature of this event, the artist will only be able to show a 15 minute excerpt of the piece followed by a Q&A: Free To Fall, Richmix, 35-47 Richmix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
31st May 7.30pm– Chelsea Arts Collective, St Lukes’s Town Hall, Chelsea, London. Entrance is free. Donations accepted. Further details: http://run-riot.com/wild-card/donald-hutera-and-lilia-pegado-chelsea-arts-collective-st-luke%E2%80%99s-church-hall
3rd June 7.30pm– Go Live Extended, The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford Street, London NW5 2ED