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Performance: SIRI -An actress on stage, her iPhone as her only partner

Monday, 13 May 2019, 7:30 – 9pm

Performance: SIRI -An actress on stage, her iPhone as her only partner

A production by La Messe Basse as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub 'What does it Mean to Be Human in the 21st Century?' series.

'Siri explores theatrical convention' – Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

'Siri is a thought-provoking exploration of the silent partners we all carry in our pocket.' – Broadway Baby, UK

'There is a mesmerizing dual-narrative created between Dauphinais’ relationship with Siri and her genetic background.' – The Panoptic

'Carbonneau’s and Dauphinais’ approach is brilliant, and questions what part chance, forges our identity. After all, humans, may be, just machines like the any other.' - Luc Boulanger, Cahier Arts, La Presse

'It’s about you, not me' - Siri

An actress on stage, her iPhone as her only partner.

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Under the direction of Maxime Carbonneau, the actress Laurence Dauphinais interacts with Siri and in a precise game of questions and answers, deploys ingenious strategies to invite her partner to reveal herself. Their exchanges expose the metaphysical dimension of the machine and blur the limitations between the two women, one digital, the other biological, one created by Apple, the other created in a medical lab in Montreal. Within this context, we follow Laurence, one of the first beings created by artificial insemination in Canada in the early 80s, on her quest for her origins. Their realities smash. Siri is a metaphysical pilgrimage, an exploration of our own programing.

The performance will be followed by a short In Conversation with director Maxime Carbonneau and actress Laurence Dauphinais hosted by Professor Linda Doyle.  Professor Linda Doyle is Trinity’s Dean of Research and a Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College Dublin. She is a funded Investigator at CONNECT and served previously as Director of CONNECT.

About the series
'What does it Mean to be Human in the 21st Century?' is a new cross-disciplinary lecture series which will reflect on how we understand ourselves, the world, and our place within it.

The lecture series is organised by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in partnership with The Dock, Accenture’s global research and incubation hub in Dublin.

This new series will bring some prominent international academic and industry voices to Trinity to discuss the human experience of today and its future in the face of accelerated change brought about by artificial intelligence and technology.

A broad ranging series of talks traversing the humanities, sciences, arts and social sciences, join us in 2019 for an unmissable snapshot of human progress; who we are, where we are, and where we’re going.

Campus LocationSamuel Beckett Theatre
Accessibility: Ground floor only
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Digital Humanities
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Exhibits, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: €5.00 student /€10 general

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