Move 37

Humans have been playing the Chinese game Go for over 3.000 years. It's an (almost) limitlessly complex game, with more possible moves than there are atoms in the universe. Which makes pure mathematical caculations pointless. Intuition and creativity, those are the most important skills to succeed at Go. Which made everybody expect it would take decades for A.I. (artificial intelligence) to master the game.

Fast forward to 2016. The Korean player Lee Sedol is world champion Go and faces AlphaGo, an A.I. developed by Google. The improbable happens: AlphaGo beats Sedol with a previously unthinkable 37th move. The commentaries fall silent, the image seems to freeze. People are dismayed, blown away. New possibilities dawn on the horizon.

Actor Thomas Ryckewaert takes this event as his cornerstone for a lecture performance about phenomena that transcend human imagination. Can theatre imagine the unimaginable? For this he joins forces with Thomas Hertog, cosmologist at KU Leuven. From artificial intelligence to black holes and robot dreams: Move 37 blurs the boundaries between human and alien. An intimate and alienating performance that vascillates between reality and fiction.

Thomas Rijckewaert
Thomas Rijckewaert, Thomas Hertog
Kristof van Baarle
Erki De Vries
Het Laatste Bedrijf in coproduction with Platform 0090, Instituut voor Theoretische Fysica, deSingell Int Kunstcampus
With the support of
Gallop Tax Shelter
February 16, 2019
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4 september 2020