How, in the near future, can the boundaries of the body and its identity be redefined? Eve 2050 invites audiences to engage in an artistic, aesthetic and ethical reflection on the future of human beings and the body in an age of digital technology, biomedical advances and artificial intelligence. Combining dance, video, music, visual and digital arts, the work takes on various forms to be presented in theatres, public spaces and online. The work has three components, which establish different types of relationships with the audience: an interactive webseries, an interactive installation with choreographic performances and a stage production.
The web series Eve 2050 blends the real bodies of dancers with their virtual doubles, giving birth to Eve through a metaphysical tale in five episodes. Posted on YouTube, Snapchat, Vimeo and other platforms, the episodes redirect visitors to eve2050.com. This digital platform, especially designed to compile all the information that went into the creation of the triptych Eve 2050, will provide access to an interactive version of the web series, in which Internet users are immersed in an experience that engages their own body via their webcam. Each person weaves their journey to Eve’s, intimately participating in her story.
Designed to exist autonomously or as part of a performance, the installation Eve 2050 features alternative scenarios to the web series on three interactive holographic panels and two sculptures. Set up in a gallery, the panels generate five digital environments that show five facets of Eve, inviting visitors to discover her world.
In the stage production Eve 2050, eight performers control an immersive, interactive environment that evokes a connected humanity, where multiple possibilities coexist: genetic mutations, cohabitation of human and artificial intelligences, dreams of immortality, digital survival…Driven by reflections on the advances in AI, this concluding part of the EVE 2050 project points to the advent of a new species, a new take on the eternal question of our place in the mystery of the cosmos.
Through its three components, Eve 2050 combines the vibrant force of actual physical presence with the magical transformations and ubiquity made possible by technology. Nature and culture are reconciled in this meeting between the primal body—its ancestral heritage expressed through a visceral gestural vocabulary—and the body of the future, transformed by its connection with technology.
Eve 2050 is a particularly innovative project in its artistic use of digital technologies. It is based on a novel association of different image analysis and processing applications, movement sensing systems, and the latest interactive technologies. Most of the visual effects that transform Eve in the web series are generated in real time by interactive technology, not in post-production. This process makes it possible to reproduce the same effects on the bodies of spectators who are exploring the digital installation, and on the dancers performing the work on stage. Technology is used in the service of dance, creating a unique experience for each spectator.