What future for the human species? Far from the catastrophist scenarios carried by the media, Rocio Berenguer imagines a utopia, an interspecies meeting where the different kingdoms of living beings – human, animal, plant, mineral, machine – are invited to negotiate together around the possibilities of their coexistence.
Coexistence is a poem set on music and in dialogue between a human and an AI. A poetic text slammed. Between a concert, a theatrical text in a A/V performance.
The plot explores the coexistence between the various kingdoms of the G5 in the past, the present and the future. The audience is invited to vote in a dedicated application before entering the show. They have to give their opinion about how they consider their coexistence with the others species. In the begging of the show, the performer comments on the data of this referendum. In the end of the show, the audience is again invited to vote expressing their visions of the future. The data is calculated in realtime by the AI and generates a vision of the future in a 3D world.
In this show she wanted to explore the various forms of coexistence between species that already exist, and to share with the audience, questions around how we imagine such coexistence in the future.
16 Jan. 2021 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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SCENE44, Scène 44, Pôle Média de la Belle de Mai, Marseille
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Born in 1987 in Spain, Rocio Berenguer has been living in France since 2012 and is interested in the major challenges and changes of our contemporary world – including the evolution of spaces of individual freedom within our society, the place of technology in our daily lives, environmental issues… Her creations are forward-looking fictions that explore the possibility of «another tomorrow». They also implicitly refer to our contemporary neuroses.
For each creation, Rocio begins a work of investigation and dialogue with scientists that generates a text that then matches with other materials, preferring to hybridize different mediums – text, dance, videos, digital art – rather than restrict herself to a single practice. The use of new technologies that are very present in her work is not a fascination but a desire to integrate them into poetic writing while questioning how these technologies, omnipresent in our lives, modify our interpersonal relationships.
In the end, it is the body that is the centre and the point of convergence of her work. The body visited by the social codes of behaviour, the body at the centre of identity, representation and desire issues. The body threatened in its freedom and sovereignty by the arrangements of neocapitalism, the body as territory to be reclaimed.
Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences – Meylan and Atelier Arts Sciences, Grenoble
Théâtre Nouvelle Génération, National Drama Center, Lyon
Enghien-les-Bains Arts Center, publicly funded “digital writing” performance space
NEMO, International Biennial of Digital Arts, Paris/IDF
LE CENTQUATRE, Paris
AADN – Digital Arts and Culture, Lyon
Scene 44, n + n Corsino, European performance space for choreographic creation and digital innovation, Marseille
Le Cube, Issy les Moulineaux
DICREAM, CNC – National Center for Cinematography and Animated Images
Creation produced in co-production with the CHRONIQUES platform, supported by the South Region, the City of Marseille and the French Institute in Paris, coordinated by SECONDE NATURE and ZINC.
Dalla Bovet, Laboratory of Comparative Ethology and Cognition (LECD), Nanterre University
Institute of Mineralogy
Nicolas Menguy, Laboratory of Materials Physics and Cosmochemistry, Sorbonne University
Pierre Beck, Grenoble Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics
Veronique Auberger, LIG, Grenoble
Emanuele Coccia, Philosopher (EHESS)
Gael de Chalendar, CEA LIST, Text and Image Semantic Analysis Laboratory