Archive for February, 2008

Turing Machine Opera and Turing Enigma bot

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Crucible Studio and Helsinki Skaala Opera ( collaborate to produce a “Trilogy of Turing”; Turing Machine is a multimedia opera performance at Korjaamo, “the Helsinki Cultural Factory”, Turing Enigma is both a spatial installation and a chatting experience on the Internet and mobile web. Each approach also works independently and provides new points of view to the fascinating life of Alan Turing (1912-1954), a heroic wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science. He made a provocative contribution to the debate regarding artificial intelligence: whether it will ever be possible to say that a machine is conscious and can think. As a person he was “an ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician”, which led him, tragically, to commit suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

Turing Enigma

In Turing Enigma Alan Turing’s spirit has infiltrated the World War II encrypting device Enigma, which Turing devised to successfully crack an “unbreakable” German code. The user can play the role of the cryptologist and engage in discussions with Alan Turing’s spirit. The artificial character can recognize words and sentences from text typed-in by users and then reply accordingly with text and by “spitting out” various 3D-animated objects and operatic sounds out of the Enigma machine. During the Turing Machine multimedia performances by Opera Skaala The Turing Enigma will also be present as an installation in the performance venue.

Turing Machine

Helsinki Skaala Opera’s Turing Machine opera, composed by Eeppi Ursin and Visa-Pekka Mertanen, is comprised mainly of new electronic music and realtime sampling of old and new material. The libretto is based on the play “Turing” by Miko Jaakkola, which tells the strange life story of this exceptionally talented and complex person. The 3D visualization and digital scenography is by Merja Nieminen and the Crucible Studio team. The opera premieres in Helsinki at Korjaamo 28.3.2008.