Inferno by Louis-Philippe Demers & Bill Vorn
Inferno is a robotic performance project by Philippe Demers and Bill Vorn. The specificity of this performance project resides in the fact that the different machines involved in the show will be installed on the viewers' body. The public will then become an active part of the performance. Depending of the kind of mechanism that they will be wearing, the viewers will be free to move or they will be in a partial or entire submission position, forced by the machines to act/react in a certain way. Some mechanical structures will coerce the viewers in performing certain movements; others will induce a physical reaction from them.
During the performance, the symbiotic robots will certainly not induce pain but rather invoke a bodily experience that entails the eternal process of the punishment. The establishment of a subsumed body at the mercy of an invisible punisher chimes with our anxiety of the utopian or dystopian views of our existences under the control of a machine.
STEREOLUX Festival, April 14 – 15, 2015for more information: http://www.stereolux.org/cultures-arts-numeriques/inferno-–-creatures-hommes-robots-louis-philippe-demers-bill-vorn-14-04-2015
A production of ACREQ-ELEKTRA in coproduction with Bill Vorn, Processing-Plant, La Maison des Arts de Créteil – Festival EXIT and the support of Arcadi. Inferno is produce withe the help of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.