WHAT-IF-THEN
ORION MAXTED & MARION TRÄNKLE
Location: DOKzaal

TU 10 July 10.00 – 18.00
WE 11 July 10.00 – 18.00
THU 12 July 13.00 – 18.00
FRI 13 July 10.00 – 15.30
FRI 13 July 15.30 – 16.30 open doors

What-If-Then is devised by theatre maker Orion Maxted and media artist Marion Tränkle. What-If-Then brings together practitioners from the performing arts, complexity science, and computer programming
to work together based on the most elemental rule of computing: If-Then. In both natural and human-made systems we observe that, when several If-Then rules are combined, it can result in emergence. A famous example is the murmuration of starlings whose complex swarming patterns are thought to derive from the combination of three simple rules. We want to explore the combining of rules for building participatory performance strategies and explore the conditions under which simplicity tips into emergence. One of the guests during this Lab is Hans V. Westerhoff who will be contributing conditional rules from biology at a cellular level.Westerhoff is professor of Systems Biology at UvA/ VU Amsterdam and Manchester University.

ORION MAXTED is a theatre and performance maker based in Amsterdam. He studied Computer Science before turning to Music and Performance Art, and holds a Master of Theater from DAS (formally DasArts). Orion is working on a series of projects exploring the possibilities of a hybrid forms of performance and knowledge creation situated between complex systems, cybernetics, computation, language, musicality and theatre – often joined in the idea of an ‘algorithmic theatre’ and ‘thinking together’ where ‘computers’ and language systems are made of people. He is currently involved in co-developing a series of performances, workshops, publications and symposia.

MARION TRÄNKLE works in the field of performance art, integrating electronics into stage scenographies. Her visual scenarios negotiate the creative tension between the carefully constructed and generative processes, between risk and responsibility, and between autonomous performance and human intervention. She holds degrees in software engineering, performance art and architecture, and is connected to university programmes atTU Eind- hoven and Berlin University of Arts.