James Ferraro’s futuristic opera Plague was presented in full at transmediale 2018 together with CTM Festival in Berlin following the premiere of its work in progress (formerly titled The Deluge) at AND Festival 2017.
An undead Steve Jobs crawls around in a purgatorial wasteland of physical and digital sewage. Partly disgusted, partly enthralled by the world he has so significantly contributed to, Jobs finds himself only a pawn in a much bigger scheme of history: he is the surrogate of a deranged AI, a data mongrel comprised of all our networked activity. The AI is the main actor in this commissioned performance by musician and composer James Ferraro. In collaboration with visual artist Nate Boyce, PHØNIX16, and the actor Christoph Schüchner, Ferraro has created a stage-based audiovisual spectacle, an infernal vision of our socially networked post-digital times. Fusing modern classical composition with post-digital aesthetics, the world of Plague hints at the coming automation of human destructiveness.
Plague was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and transmediale as part of The New Networked Normal (NNN) and presented at AND Festival 2017.