124It Sings for Us of What We Might Become
This specially commissioned performative lecture utilizes the props and techniques of an academic presentation in a playful and explorative manner. The “lecture” is about the present-day culture of classification, and the potential of letting go of control. It asks how we might recover some semblance of agency and hope, while we live under the gaze of ever more watchful algorithmic systems of control. Staging a series of unstable software experiments and semi-fictional narratives the performance seeks to create a situation that is out of control of the performer, the performance itself opens up to failure, loss of control and improvisation, rather than just talking about their potential. Ørum attempts to summon a dynamic and fallible digital imaginary, to counter the dominating utopian narratives of reliable and all-seeing artificial “intelligences”. “It Sings” positions misunderstanding and inaccuracy as alternatives to what seems to be a widespread sense of powerlessness in the face of sales hyperbole and fearmongering.