Swarm Theory V.1.2
Swarm Theory (n.)
1. (Biology) the collective behaviour of a group of living organisms, esp social insects such as ants, bees, and termites, that are each following very basic rules,
2. (Computer Science) an artificial-intelligence approach to problem solving using algorithms based on the self-organising collective behaviour of social insects.
Swarm Theory is a playful theatrical investigation into the possibilities of collective human intelligence in public space. Swarming the streets of Cape Town, an agglomeration of physical performers engage with their environment as a single collaborative organism, exploring the street corners, green spaces and market places of life. Each swarming is unplanned, immediate, dynamic and unique to its ecosystem of sounds, smells, rhythms and people. Open, spontaneous and organic, the swarm envelops all it touches.
The ensemble manifests a group mind: self-sufficient, yet undirected and unpredictable, an adaptive, self-organising critical mass at the edge of chaos. The Swarm is a decentralised power-shift, a collaborative movement.
Swarm Theory V.1.1 first manifested during the 2019 National Arts Festival in Makhanda.
Created and directed by Kyla Davis and Daniel Buckland. Photography Mark Wessels (photo left) and Daylin Paul (photo right).
|Thu 21st Nov||From 10am||1 hour||Church Square|