An immersive 3D-animation, which adopts the narrative structure of a three-act theatre play, centers around a conversation between two characters, Samantha & Olda Wiser performed by Mathea Hoffmann and Juan Carlos Cuadrado. The two, sheer strangers when the play starts, slowly but surely dive into eachothers life stories, traumata, dreams, and nightmares, at times mirrored others counteracted by changing oneiric surroundings.
Drawing on psycho-analytical motives derived from collaborative character development workshops, the dialogue soon reveals itself as one part of a larger systemic virus. At a time of overlapping crises, Conversations on a Crosstown Algorithm invites to reconsider the relationship between nature and technology by looking into new forms of queer subjectivity and their entanglements with data economy, artificial intelligence, and identity politics.
With references to surveillance architectures and computational networks, the scene is predominantly set in a virtual chatroom, reminiscent of an abandoned data center, or an empty casino, in which the queer protagonists seem to find themselves trapped. Mimicking archetypical spaces for accumulation and reward through systems of conditioning and reinforcement, the setting calls into question psychological disorders and malfunctioning processes which the desiring machines of capitalism only accelerate. Where is the exit, what is waiting outside, if there is any?
Concept, Production and direction:Doireann O’Malley
Performance:Juan Carlos Cuadrado as Olda Wiser Mathea Hoffmann as Samantha
Script co-written by:Jeremy Wade
3D animation and technical direction:Bertrand Flanet
Assisted by:Simon(e) Miné
Sound Design:Lugh O‘Neil
Sound composition:Caroline McCarthy
Gong arrangements:Mona Ruijs
Voice over programming:Pietro Bolcato
Installation concept:Celeste Burlina
Lighting Design:Alan Mooney
Artistic research project commissioned by Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung in 2020/21,
co-commissioned by National Sculpture Factory, Ireland, supported by The Berlin Senat and The Arts Council of Ireland.