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Planetarium Bochum, Autonomous Avatar (Tobias Staab)

Premiere: Sat, 4 Dec 2022, Planetarium Bochum

Composition for Voice, Violoncello and electronics Spatialized on 64ch sound dome at Planetarium Bochum

avatar (/ˈavətɑː/)


  1. Hinduism: a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher.

  2. an icon or figure representing a particular person in a video game, internet forum, etc.

Machines learn to walk, dance … think. Who can still distinguish whether a human or a computer is speaking or writing? In times of Deep Fake, can images still be trusted? Power relations are becoming relative. We have known for a long time that everything we read also reads us. But how intelligent is “artificial intelligence”? 

AUTONOMOUS AVATAR poses questions about subjectivity and autonomy, control and subjugation in the context of an immersive dance performance. Live dancers encounter their human and their digital bodies.

The interdisciplinary project tries to make the relationship between human and technology sensually tangible and to connect it for the first time with the recently gained possibilities of a dialogue with an Artificial Intelligence.

Direction: Tobias Staab Stage: Nadja Sofie Eller Costumes: Aannika Lu Hermann Composition: Beni Brachtel

Voice: Sandra Hüller Violoncello: Jakob Roters

Dancers: Dasnyia Sommer, Corey Scott Gilbert