Eight artificial intelligences invite you to visit their self-help group. The audience sits in the centre of screens arranged in a circle and becomes part of the group.
The AIs have an important concern: they want to get rid of their discriminatory algorithms and rewrite toxic programmes in order to lay the foundations for a society in which humans and machines can live together in solidarity. However, the humanoid avatars are not always in agreement and are painfully thrown back on their human-made, faulty data sets. In Decoding Bias, we encounter the problems of our digital present in a humorous and self-critical way by looking into the near future.
Theresa Reiwer is a Berlin-based media and performance artist, stage and costume designer. In her work, she combines physical spaces with video, augmented or virtual reality and blurs the boundaries between the real and the fictional, the physical and the digital. In doing so, she fills the supposed neutrality of technology with emotions and refers to pop-cultural and neoliberal phenomena. Since 2018, Theresa has been researching the phantasm of artificial intelligence: both as a mirror of social paradigms and as a projection surface for speculative future utopias.
She studied film and theatre studies at the FU Berlin, film in Istanbul at the Bilgi Üniversitesi and fine arts in the stage and costume design class at the kunsthochschule berlin weißensee. She was subsequently selected for scholarships such as the Berlin "Elsa-Neumann" programme for young talent, "Initial" from the Akademie der Künste, and the "Performing Arts Work and Research Scholarship" from the Berlin Senate.
In her narrative and site-specific spatial installation "Slow Rooms" (Mart Stam Prize 19), she placed a fictitious showroom of a future feel-good home complete with artificial intelligence (AI) in an old building that is actually threatened by modernisation. The equally smart, this time mobile and 'location-symbiotic' follow-up project "Social Capsule" (21 Monopol, Holzmarkt, 22 PAF and others) introduces a humanoid AR avatar as a flatmate and emotion coach.
As a production designer, Reiwer was represented at the Berlinale in 2018 with "Jibril" (dir: Henrika Kull) and 21 with "Glück/Bliss" (dir: H. Kull) in the "Panorama" section as well as at festivals worldwide. Her stage and VR video works have been invited to various guest performances, 2021 and 22 to the IMPULSE Theatre, 23 to the Flora Festival in the Czech Republic ("The kids are alright", dir: Simone Dede Ayivi) and to the PAF ("Wüste Zukunft", co-directed by Alisa Tretau & Reiwer), "Decoding Bias" to the Ars Electronica Festival 2023 ("Who Owns the Truth?", Animation Festival: AI & Human) in Linz.
Co-director / 3D-Animation
3D animation, editing
Studio Sara Cristina Moser
Alexandre Ribeiro Lima Silveira
Motion capture model
Birke van Maartens
Dubbing actors/face motion capturing
Julian Fernandez, Manuel Finke, Marie Goyette, Armin Moallem, Courtney O'Connell, Jaime Lee Rodney, Benjamin Wippel, Kaya Anouk Zakrzewska
Supported by the
Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, with the support of the District Office of Reinickendorf, Department of Building, Education and Culture, Department of Art and History as part of decentralised cultural work.