A science fiction revelation
Diaspora is a science fiction work for machines, voice, violin, ondes martenot, theremin, laser and holograms
by Robin Fox and collaborators
Inspired by the concepts found in the first chapter of Australian author Greg Egan’s legendary science fiction masterpiece of the same name, Diaspora presents a uniquely utopian reading of what life might be like if we surrender to the fact that software can be, and in fact is already, suprahumanly organic. As we theorise and catastrophise about the perils of handing over control to an AI we often overlook the possibility that it could not only save our species but that it could also be a beautiful step in evolution towards an ethereal, non-body, consciousness.
The creative team is led by composer and sound/visual artist Robin Fox working in close collaboration with Chamber Made Artistic Director/dramaturg Tamara Saulwick, video artist/system designer Nick Roux, and long-term company associates Erkki Veltheim (co-composer/violin), Madeleine Flynn (ondes martenot/ Moog synth) and Georgina Darvidis (vocals/theremin).
The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has also been assisted by the Substation and the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.