No Body lives here (ODO) (2020)
Interactive Theater Installation for 5+ audience members and one AI character
ODO is a journey through world of imagination. An AI character "lives" on stage in Plato’s Cave. ODO can't leave the stage, ODO is offline... Every visitor of the installation means the world to him. He collects stories and narratives to understand, how our world works.
ODO is theater, opera and choreographic architecture. The stage is the orchestra pit of an ancient Greek tragedies where 5 audience members like the chorus interrogate the main character. ODO is a world builder who creates imaginary worlds with our help.
ODO uses AI algorithms to conduct natural conversations with the audience and Deep Learning to create Haiku Poetries. ODO has sensors to hear and see the audience, using Face Recognition Algorithms and Crowd Cluster Tools to understand emotions and our physical behavior. With all means ODO tries to get in touch with us!
Chris Ziegler repeatedly works for ODO under the label movingimages with Karlsruhe author Michael Hewel and composer Hugo Paquete from Portugal. The Frankfurt choreographer Paula Rosolen was invited for the choreographic dramaturgy of the interactive stage. A team of programmers at Arizona State University in Tempe (USA) developed a narrative and "sensitive" chatbot between the usual task and theme based chatbots with AI and Deep Learning, Facial Tracking and a novel software for analysing audience movements.
The production is supported by the ZKM Karlsruhe (Hertz Laboratory), Arizona State University / Synthesis Center, the support program of the Landesverband Freier Theater Baden Württemberg e.V. with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and Art, the Department of Culture of the City of Munich and the special program Konfigurationen of the Fonds Darstellende Künste Berlin.