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The Man Machine: Opening Night

Opening night with Dirk the homeless robot, the first android to walk around free at festivals. Dirk is so true to life that he was even arrested by the police in a German shopping centre. 

Dirk de zwervende robot

This evening Okapi and Soon provide music for Ballet Mécanique (Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, 1924) and there are Ellen van den Assem”s machines looking for intimacy in a mechanistic world (Conversations with a Torso - ACT 3). Music performed by Jochem van Tol, Liú Mottes, Oscar Jan Hoogland, John van Oostrum and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti.

Frank Mehring (American Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen) ponders the question whether man-machines can become more human than we are in his film lecture “Sounds of the Man Machine and Posthumanism”. How do film and television predict the future of mankind, a future somewhere between utopia and dystopia? Maarten Lamers and Peter van der Putten (Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science) take you on a pleasantly dark philosophical journey and outline three ways how the bots will kill us all.

The opening night will be in Dutch, except for Frank Mehring's film lecture, which will be in English.

This evening's programme is followed by Ghost in the Shell. A combination ticket at a reduced rate can be purchased here.

In collaboration with Stichting dOeK.

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The Man Machine

What is unique about human beings when a robot can not only imitate our actions, but artificial intelligence even exceeds our thinking capacity?

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campaign image The Man Machine (still from Ex Machina (Alex Garland, GB 2014)
Frank mehring
Man with the movie camera