“Acte de Fe” (Act of Faith) is a liturgy for four performers: Adria Grandia (acoustic and MIDI hurdy-gurdy, modular synthesizer, and aerophones), Carlos Martorell (programming, synths, motion sensors, and artiphon), Marc Vilajuana (voice, effects, hand drum) and an artificial intelligence trained with 11.000 religious scores from all eras. The AI listens to the performers and plays in real-time during the whole show.
With this piece, Grandia, Martorell, and Vilajuana explore our relationship with technology, which is very similar to the one we have with religion and the impact that has on ourselves and our sacred/private space.
The artificial intelligence initiates the liturgy and the human voice closes it. It is not a matter of regression or return, but of closing and experimenting with a circle of which we often only know the first half. Technology then becomes an expansion of our capacities and possibilities
This piece was originally debuted in the Sónar+D Garden at Ars Electronica 2020.
This is a joint venture between Ars Electronica and Sónar+D In the context of AIxMUSIC Festival in collaboration with the European Commission as part of the STARTS initiative.