What does it mean to be human in an age of artificial intelligence? What do we have left that can’t be simulated, recreated or taken away by the machines? And is it just that the robots are becoming more human, or are we humans becoming more robotic?
World Science Festival Brisbane presents the Australian premier of Pigeon Fool by Counterpilot. Pigeon Fool interrogates humanness in the AI revolution by subjecting participants to a theatrical Turing Test. Drawing influence from the critically acclaimed performance work TRUTHMACHINE, which involved a theatrical polygraph test (complete with working lie detector and high-tech digital design) to explore ideas of truth in a post-truth world, Pigeon Fool takes the next step, playfully challenging audiences with theatrical exposition and anecdotes.
Pigeon Fool is an interactive performance work that enacts scientific social experiments with theatrical panache. With rich technical design, surprising gameplay and unexpected gestures of the surreal, this is a unique experience for audiences of all ages.
This project is proudly supported by Queensland Museum and World Science Festival Brisbane, with thanks to Metro Arts, Soulbotix, Creative Australia, Arts Queensland, Brisbane Powerhouse and Placemakers*.
Please meet at Queensland Museum and arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your session as a complete lockout applies to this performance.
Wednesday 20 March: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm
Thursday 21 March: 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm
Friday 22 March: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm
Saturday 23 March: 12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm
Sunday 24 March: 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm
Counterpilot wishes to advise that this performance uses artificial intelligence systems that involve third party cloud-based processes. During interactive components of the performance, your voice or answers may be captured and processed via various means for the purposes of the performance. Counterpilot ensures that any data captured for the performance is used only for the purposes of staging Pigeon Fool and is not retained, stored, shared or used by any third parties, or by Counterpilot outside the scope of the performance.
By purchasing a ticket for Pigeon Fool at World Science Festival Brisbane 2024, you acknowledge your participation is subject to these AI systems.
Counterpilot is a collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe and including Mike Willmett (sound designer), Christine Felmingham (technical designer) and Elizabeth Hunt (creative producer).
Together, they create interactive performance works, activating audiences with new technology, rich design, and transmedia storytelling. Counterpilot seeks to transform the familiar, juxtaposing rich fictional worlds against a backdrop of the everyday.
Their works boldly experiment with new applications of technology. With interactive tools like geo-locative audio, SMS distribution networks, RFID voting systems and biometric sensors, Counterpilot seeks to put the audience at the centre of every performance experience – whether it be for physical journeys, experiential narrative, or heightened gameplay.
Since 2015, they have produced a number of major works, in partnership with organisations including Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, Next Wave Festival, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival, Horizon Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, and Adelaide Fringe.
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Companion Card tickets available.
20 Mar 24 ~ 24 Mar 24
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