Fully Automated Human Touch
Fully Automated Human Touch is a video installation and sci-fi dance performance by collaborators Merinda Davies and M@ Cornell (and an AI named CAKE) that runs for 30mins.
It is 2083.
There is no human contact in our food systems.
Food manufacturing has become yet another human exclusion zone.
CAKE (an AI) and Merinda and M@ (humans) are researchers attempting to address the lack of human touch by synthesising ‘HT+’ — the theorised 'Human Touch' vitamin. Welcome to the experiment, you are the audience, but you are also test subjects.
‘Fully Automated Human Touch’ is a sci-fi dance and installation work born from a disagreement between the creators, Merinda Davies and M@ Cornell, namely: can you taste the human touch?
Share our awe at the logistics, mechanics, and choreography of industrial scale automated food manufacturing (including its emancipatory power), while interrogating its impact on the human condition within culture and community, pleasure and connectedness, sensuality, intimacy and embodiment.
Join us to ask: what is the fallout of eradicating human touch?
What are the ramifications of setting the global food system to fully automated?
Can we fortify our food with HT+ vitamin?
Would the non-humans making the food need to know how to cook with love?
Is love something that we can program?
Could we industrialise intimacy?
When it comes to food: can you taste the human touch?
Composer - Sam Haven
Costume Consultant - Tal Fitzpatrick
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