Centre Pompidou / IRCAM / Manifeste 2022


Anima™ by Alexander Schubert, is the name of an institution where visitors come into contact with their past and probable future. The interpreters, “patients” of this institute, obey a scenario delivered in real time. Everything has been developed from the real data of the performers from the Decoder Ensemble, in a continuous process of transformation and alienation. The characteristic features of the emotion, the genre, the affects will be varied and will generate artificial avatars. Through AI neural networks, classes and groups of individuals with the same properties are extracted to produce new entries: atypical, unexpected, fascinating results.


Anima™ is not just another survivalist fiction: it is about thinking of technology as the ultimate tool for introspection, rich with a thousand possibilities and a thousand dangers.




Artistic director, composer: Alexander Schubert
Choreography: Patricia Carolin Mai
Video: Lucas Gutierrez
Scenography: Stefan Britze
Costumes: Felina Levits
Lights: Diego Muhr
Ircam electronics: Thomas Goepfer, Dionysios Papanicolaou
Sound distribution: Luca Bagnoli
Scientific collaboration with Ircam-STMS (musical representation team – ACIDS): Antoine Caillon, Philippe Esling
Performanhce: Decoder-Ensemble , Carola Schaal, Jonathan Shapiro, Andrej Koroliov, Leopold Hurt, Sonja Lena Schmid, Guy Marsan, Syng Fng, Ines Assoul, Stefanie Inhelder, Lise Herdam!
Text Assistance: Michael Brailey
Production: Lisa Brunmayr, Mirella Frenzel, Dennis Nähr
Commissioned by: Ircam-Centre Pompidou, creation 2022


Photos: (c) Quetin Chevrier and Herve Veronese

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