LDR starts with an email from one to another that is read live, in front of an audience, and that is where the scene starts. LDR takes place online, where either performer (or both) may be in front of an audience.
** What is gained and lost when performers are separated by a distance surmountable only through the advents of modern technology? ** What impacts does the technological separation have on audiences on both ends? ** What relationships can be explored online-first?
These questions serve as the fuel for Long Distance Relationship.
A.L.Ex, which stands for Artificial Language Experiment (and is also an obscure reference to the clever parrot), is a computer system that can do speech recognition, improvised dialogue and voice synthesis. It is powered by recurrent neural network software, trained on movie dialogue from a hundred thousand movies, and it is programmed by Piotr using open-source components. A.L.Ex is a weak form of artificial intelligence.
At its core, A.L.Ex is a language model that captures the complex statistics of words. It is trained to produce the most obvious words that follow any context. It illustrates the fundamental principle of improv: always do the most obvious thing.
Currently, A.L.Ex’s stage presence consists in a laptop computer, a portable microphone, amplified sound and video projection.