In 2016 AlphaGo, a deep neural network developed by Google’s Deepmind, challenges the world champion of Go, Lee Sedol. Go is the oldest board game in the world and despite its simple appearance, the number of possible board positions in a Go game exceeds the amount of atoms in the universe. It is won by the presumed exclusively human skills of intuition and creativity, so no one expects a computer to be able to beat a human player. But the implausible happens: AlphaGo beats Sedol 4 – 1 and hits the front page of Nature.
AlphaGo’s 37th move in the second game is crucial and hits like a bomb. The computer comes up with a solution no human being could have imagined, Sedol leaves his chair and returns pale as a ghost. The live commentators fall silent and the image seems to freeze. In this moment of defeat and wonder the radical weirdness of AI stares us in the face: highly intelligent, creative but also completely alien.
In ‘Move 37’, actor Thomas Ryckewaert – who last performed at Vooruit in 2016 with the impressive ‘Golem’ – zooms in on this moment for a lecture performance on the phenomena that transcend human imagination. Can theatre imagine the unimaginable? From artificial intelligence to black holes and dreaming robots, in ‘Move 37’ the boundary between human and alien becomes blurred. An intimate and alienating performance that sways between reality and fiction.
directed by Thomas Ryckewaert - cast: Thomas Hertog, Thomas Ryckewaert - dramaturgy: Kristof Van Baarle - scenography: Erki De Vries - light: Peter Quasters - sound Jürgen Deblonde - video: Paul Van Caudenberg - assistant director: Sibran Sampers - internship: Margarida Ramalhete - production assistant: Charlotte Cornelissen - management: Karen Feys
coproducers: Platform 0090, Institute for Theoretical Physics (KULeuven), deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Het Laatste Bedrijf
in cooperation with WP Zimmer, BUDA
This production was made possible with the support of the Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter system, Gallop Taks Shelter and the Flemish Government
image © Alexander Semenov