In this research residency together with Li Lorian, Carlos Franke and Fred Schmidt-Colinet we looked at the poetic potential of image recognition algorithms. We created an analog AI, designed games to play with and understand the aspects of machine learning. And last but not least we trained our own image recognition software to see in the daily life objects we put in front of the camera a SciFi world.
To read more about the project, please follow this link to the-schaubies.net.
Based on Bram Stoker's world-famous novel, four people followed the tracks of the legendary vampire to Transylvania. They ignored all warnings, knocked on castle gates, fed bats and wrapped themselves in musty capes. With sharpened teeth and noticeably pale skin, the travellers return to Freiburg and with lots of fog and music they conjure up the shadows of their travel experiences once again. On the fine line between reality and fantasy, vampire myths interweave with hard facts and quickly fresh blood pulses through the old story of the Prince of Darkness. An evening of theatre about loneliness, immortality and friendship - and the question of why we like to get scared so much.
Shifting Baselines was a residency project where all invited artists and scientists met and exchanged their professional practices. They researched and experimented on a physical, artistic and theoretical level. Shifting Baslines framed a common ground and created an experimental set up with the intention to perceive and work on diverse subjects, forms and topics referring to contemporary shifting baselines.
In the frame of this project Robert Läßig realised an oracle that despite other things used two neural networks (LSTMs) to generate its sayings. The networks were trained with Tweets from Presidents Obama and Trump and the oracle faded between these two.
A simplified version of this oracle can be played with on the project website.
Robert Läßig gained his first theatre experience in 2011/2012 during a voluntary theatre year at the Burgtheater Vienna in the field of acting. He then studied Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, completed guest semesters in stage design at the HfG Offenbach, in directing at the ZHdK Zurich and in computer science at the THM Gießen. One focus of his work today is the examination of the relationship between digitality and theatre. He researches the application of machine learning for theatre lighting and the performativity of algorithms. In the performative and theatrical context, he works as a light, video and interaction designer with sensors, soldering irons, microcontrollers and source code. Robert Läßig was involved in productions at the Prague Quadrennial and the Treibstoff Theatertage, most recently working with the composer Martin Grütter, as well as the directorial collectives Auftrag:Lorey and Rimini Protokoll.
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