Keiichiro Shibuya & The Japanese Philharmonic Düsseldorf

"Scary Beauty“ German premiere

Hi Robot – Das Mensch Maschine Festival

Wed 13.03. 20:00 HI, ROBOT!

At the concert’s centre: Alter 3. The humanoid robot employs an autonomous artificial intelligence. Face and hands resemble those of a human being, his body allowing an unhindered look at a metal skeleton, on servos, cables and control assemblies of a visibly complex machine. The Japanese Philharmonic Düsseldorf diligently follows Alter 3’s baton, flanked by Keiichiro Shibuya, composer and pianist of this “Android Opera”, as he chose to call his work himself, responsible for the electronic sound. Then, Alter 3 prepares to sing.
It sings “The Seven Last Songs of Human”, narrating a tale in which humanity will be unable to live without machines in the near future, machines it yet created itself. The songs are based on emblematic texts of literary history, their respective authors ranging from Michel Houellebecq through Yukio Mishima to William S. Burroughs and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Recalculated into three-dimensional vectors, the text fragments became the starting points of the songs performed.
Among Alter 3’s creators we have, apart from composer and musician Keiichiro Shibuya and software engineer professor Takashi Ikegami, the robotics expert, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, especially. He is considered a pop star in his field, widely regarded as one of the most radical proponents of a coming society in which robots and humans exist alongside and with each other. 

Location: Robert-Schumann-Saal, Museum Kunstpalast, Ehrenhof 4 – 5, 40479 Düsseldorf

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Concept, Music composition, Management: Keiichiro Shibuya; Live-Music: Japanese Philharmonic Düsseldorf; Development Alter 3: Hiroshi Ishiguro (construction), Takashi Ikegami (Movement of the android), Kohei Ogawa (Co-Construction), Itsuki Doi (Co-Development movement); System Architect, Electronic: Kotobuki Hikaru; Support programming: Masayuki Momo, Shinichi Yamagguchi; Lighting: Takayuki Fujimoto; PA: Hiroyuki Kanamori; Video: Tomohito Wakui; Stage Manager: So Ozaki; Assistence technic: John Smith; Score writing: Osamu Suzuki; Support sound programming: Daichi Miyata; Support vocaloid: Justine Emard; Supervisor: Takehito Masui (Warner Music Inc. Japan); Producer: Tamami Kanda, Naomi Ohki, Momoko Nakamura; Photos: Foto Kenshu Shintsubo. Funded by ALIFE Lab, co-financed by Miraikan and in collaboration with University of Osaka, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory (Ishiguro Lab), University of Tokio, Ikegami Laboratory, Alternative Machine Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. With support of Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture und Orange Co. Ltd. A special project as part of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. With support of Kunstpalast, Robert-Schumann-Saal. HI, ROBOT! is a festival about the future of the human body, initiated by tanzhaus nrw and in cooperation with NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and Black Box / Kino im Filmmuseum Düsseldorf, funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. With support of Kunstpalast, Robert-Schumann-Saal. Media partner: Monopol.