Move over, Andrea Bocelli. If you've been thinking the robot takeover will apply only to telemarketers, cashiers and drivers, it might be time to think again. FODI guest and author of The Rise of the Robots Martin Ford tried to warn us that the automaton revolution could be far more widespread than we're anticipating. And now, Wade Marynowsky is bringing Robot Opera to Carriageworks.
This futuristic project represents Marynowsky's most gargantuan effort to date. The stars of the show are eight custom-built robots — don't expect to see a human anywhere. Viewers won't be merely standing on the sidelines, but getting in on the action. Yep, you get to dance with robots!
Collaborators Branch Nebula have concocted a virtuosic light show and some viral-level choreography, in response to a score dreamed up by music experimenter Julian Knowles. Expert glitchy electronica, sub bass and ambient drones.
Robot Opera hopes to bring hitherto unconsidered perspectives to our relationship with technology, entertaining us but leaving us feeling a wee bit concerned at the same time.