Everything Happens So Much
The upgraded human
There is a transformative event looming on the horizon of the 21st century. An event that could dramatically alter every institution and aspect of human life, ushering in a new stage of evolution: the Singularity, or the age of intelligent, self-aware machines. In this future period the pace of technological change will be so rapid and its impact so deep that human life will be irreversibly transformed. The Singularity promises a merger of the biological and the technological; a world where we are still human but transcend our organic roots. Soon there will be no distinction between human and machine, between physical and virtual reality.
But if we are all to be uploaded and digitized, customized and upgraded, what becomes of the ‘us’ now? The simple, the irrational, the emotional, the distressed? What of our meat-only bodies equipped with slow speech and language, our bodies that tire and wear?
Everything Happens So Much is a piece that rests in the tension between our raw, flawed and unfinished human natures and the pristine potential of a totally digitized destiny. A space where bodies and words, movement and spoken text merge as we stumble towards the creation of a future that may already be assured.
• Sandy Williams studied at PARTS and has danced with Rosas. Artists with whom he has performed include Jan Ritsema and Miet Warlop.
concept Sandy Williams | text Inger Christensen, Sandy Williams | creation & performance Sandy Williams, Julien Monty | music Mort Garson, Sandy Williams | technique Michael Jensens | production wpZimmer (Antwerp), Loge 22 (Lyon) | co-production Kaaitheater i.c.w. Creative Europe programme of the European Union | residencies wpZimmer (Antwerp), Vooruit (Ghent), Buda (Kortrijk), De Pianofabriek (Brussels), Le Pacifique Cdc (Grenoble), CNDC (Lyon)