“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.
Nowadays, AI is in the collective imaginary as an ethereal, abstract, intangible, entity; that is autonomous as well, and it has the ability to predict,and it seems it knows all about us.
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.