In a hybrid, performative live award ceremony of the ECHO 2050 for New Music and its prehistory with mockumentary, cinematic retrospectives, the ensemble for contemporary music theater Opera Lab Berlin wants to critically examine the world of dominating classical music stars, prestige systems regulating art awards and the extreme increase of "AI" generated art and ask what art means in times of crisis or in the progressive digitalization of intelligent "AI" systems.
The questions arise: which artists will be chosen, will humanoid art lose its importance through the takeover of "AI"? Can "AI" generate better art than humans? How do future competitions between humans and "AI" look like? Here also emphasizing the importance of an often suppressed underlying theme = What happens to the old, forgotten and demented artists* as a former (unrecognized) source of strength of society and in art.
All these questions culminate in the highly exciting and highly problematic world of an art world shaped by increasingly artificial intelligentsia and at the same time conservative award ceremonies. It's about growing old. To have worked all one's life for something that no longer has any meaning in a new era.
With Ruth Rosenfeld, Gina May Walter and Alba Gentili-Tedeschi
Concept & Direction: Martin Miotk
Composition & Artistic Direction: Evan Gardner
Live Sound: Giovanni Zaniol
Live Video: Juan Ramirez
Technical director and Light Design: Fabian Eichner
Stage Design & Costume: Martin Miotk
Makeup: Oliver Kunde
Production Management Réka Szabó
Documentation: Marta Maluva