Pan Pan Theatre presents ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley.
Eliza’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley explores what it is to be human, how artificial intelligence modifies human characteristics resulting in the scrutiny of what is real and what is illusion.
In the early 1960s, MIT developed artificial intelligence software called ELIZA, its title a reference to Shaw’s Pygmalion. ELIZA made certain kinds of conversations between humans and computers possible. Our ELIZA is sent into an anonymous motel, where she interacts with four characters mysteriously booked into the same room.
Some of them seem to be barely alive, others too much so, and others may not be real. We are observers to a test: ELIZA is both learning from and assessing these individuals. In a series of scripted scenes, they explore love, death, metaphysics, evil and evolution, probing the points in our society where boundaries may be on the verge of disintegrating.
Eliza’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley is the search for a perfect, ‘scripted’ performance. Our ELIZA’s digital self and physical self-blur but will lead her to evolve into a more magical world, into imagination and the stratum of her true self. But of course Intelligent response is a trick. It all has to be scripted…..but can a Robot write poetry?
Eliza: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
Marvin: Andrew Bennett
Sophia: Amy Malloy
Mrs Higgins: Jane Mc Grath
Eric: Dylan Tighe
Written by Eugene O’ Brien and Gavin Quinn
Directed by Gavin Quinn
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Music by Si Schroeder
Movement Director Katherine O’Malley
Dramaturg Nicholas Johnson
Photography Ros Kavanagh
Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick