TRY-OUT All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost
sciencefiction, visual, cybernatic,
Day: Saturday
Location: Theater de Nieuwe Vorst


1 hour
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TRY-OUT All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.
I like to think
(right now please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.
I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

(Richard Brautigan)

In All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost explore freedom
and unfreedom in relation to technology, by staging Richard Brautigan's 1967 poem of the same name.

Machines, medicine, algorithms: many new technologies seem aimed at social control or the disciplining
of labour, rather than giving us new forms of freedom. Does this mean Brautigan's dream is dead? Are
we already living in a totally perverted realisation of it? Or does the freedom promised in his dream still
hold potential?

At last I am free, I can hardly see in front of me!


Concept, lighting and scenography: Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost Choreography: Nathan Ooms, Bosse Provoost, Ezra Veldhuis Performers: Estefanía Álvarez Ramírez, Jayson Batut, Nathan Ooms Costume design: Carly Rae Heathcote Sound design: Benne Dousselaere Execution set: Sibran Sampers Technical support: Wim Bernaers Outside eye: Marc Vanrunxt Internship: Cesar Vromman Production: Hiros Co-production: C-TAKT, NEXT Festival, auawirleben Festival, Kunstenwerkplaats, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, CAMPO, Per Podium With the support of: Kunstencentrum BUDA, De Grote Post, Le Bamp, STUK, Kunst/Werk, Stad Gent, the Flemish government, taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government via Ufund