Every day brings another news story about the rise of the robot and how artificial intelligence will trump human intelligence, taking our jobs to make humanity redundant. But what will it mean to be human in a body augmented or succeeded by technology? Will it make us better beings? Will we be more or less human?
Graeme Gerard Halliday’s work explores these themes in an attempt to answer the complex questions that ever evolving technology poses to humanity. In his latest work, ‘Cyborgia Manifesto’ he collaborates with other leading, artistic luminaries to explore the rise of the artificially sentient and the ascent of the cyborg to provide a multi-media, interactive event at London’s prestigious Joseph Fine Art Gallery
Cyborgia Manifesto - flesh meets machine, painting meets performance and minds meet minds
Cyborgia Manifesto is an exhibition of provocative paintings but it’s also much more. Outside the gallery a live action, real-time, performance event will take place, incorporating dance, music and
robotic interaction for gallery visitors, the general public, and an online, interactive audience. The event will be filmed by Virtual Futures Salon, a loose collective of artists, writers, cultural theorists, technological entrepreneurs, philosophers and filmmakers who meet at regular events to share
their work and insights.
The performance will be choreographed by Monica Nicolaides, founder, and director of innovative dance company MonixArts, who's portfolio includes working with Universal Studios, the BBC, BskyB, Warner Brothers and the 2012 Olympic Ceremony to name but a few.
The costumes have been co- designed by Graeme Gerrard Halliday AKA Hallidonto in collaboration with award winning costume designer Sophie Donaldson, who is an Associate Artist with The Gate Theatre and recently won Best Costume award at the Unrestricted View Film Festival for her work on ‘Dreaming of PeggLee’.
The soundtrack to this sensory extravaganza will come courtesy of piano improvisation virtuoso Tom Donald. As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the London School of Contemporary Piano, Tom is well placed to rise to this creative challenge. He will be interpreting the movements of the dancers on the piano, while in turn the robot JaXon, a mechanised model skeleton which has appeared at The Tate Modern, will be interpreting Tom’s music with dance.
This promises to be a groundbreaking showcase for so much acclaimed and upcoming talent. Be part of it and make it a day that will preserve itself in your memory cells until the moment of singularity and beyond.