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During this curated Beckett evening, Kris Verdonck explores various aspects of the relation between the human and the machine in the work of Samuel Beckett. ACT approaches Beckett in four ways: a monologue by Johan Leysen with Beckett texts, a scientist will give a lecture on neurology, memory or machines and consciousness, a new video installation will create an immersive (post-) apocalyptic landscape, and a concert.

Beckett’s Stories and Texts for Nothing (1946-1952) are the basis for this evening. This collection of short stories and texts each time deals with an older man on an impossible search for his place in the outside world, as well as in his inner world. Since his death, technology, which interested Beckett deeply, has led to the steep expansion of a part of society he was profoundly invested in, namely that of the eliminated, the marginalized. What place remains for us, in a world in which we are not only increasingly replaced by machines, but which is also moving towards inhabitability, caused by our own doing?

Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company & Het Zuidelijk Toneel