Diaspora

A science fiction illusion

Diaspora is a science fiction illusion for machines, violin, voice, ondes musicales, theremin and laser

A Chamber Made work 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, superhumanly 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. Using projection, illusions and lasers, a truly futuristic visual design houses an ensemble of extraordinary musicians who are charged with sonifying the complex and multi-layered build of a digital life-form.

The creative team is led by composer and audio-visual artist Robin Fox working in close collaboration with Chamber Made Artistic Director, dramaturg and co-director Tamara Saulwick, video artist and system designer Nick Roux, co-compser and violinist  Erkki Veltheim, and musician/performers Madeleine Flynn (ondes musicales/ Moog synth) and Georgina Darvidis (vocals/theremin), with lighting design by Amelia Lever-Davidson.

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.