thinking of ai
November 10, 18:00-21:00
BAU3 (Basel, CH)
In collaboration with the thinking of ai initiative by the Center for Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Basel, we will perform our play Assistant, followed by a discussion on AI in the Arts and Sciences. Participation is free, but seating is limited, so we encourage everyone to register well in advance.
A playwright, down on her luck …
Two lovers, with the whole world ahead …
An AI that might change everything—or nothing at all.
Assistant is an original English language play for the age of generative AI, written by Olivia Fischer in collaboration with ChatGPT. It explores the impact of technology on our creative, professional, and social lives. Neither utopian promise nor dystopian hellscape, it follows Joan, El, and Sasha as their world shifts to one in which plays, articles, even love letters can be generated at the click of a button.
Starring Olivia Fischer, Dœlma Goldhorn, and Luana Fitzgerald
Directed by Désirée Wenger
Intimacy direction by Ximena Sanchez
Original music by Andrin Albrecht
A special thanks goes to everyone who supported our crowdfunding campaign, as well as our sponsors and associate producers without whom none of this would be possible:
associate producers The Blueprint Masquerades
UZH & ETH English Theater Club
associate producers THEATER STOK
official sponsor iafob
Institut für Arbeitsforschung und Organisationsberatung
material sponsor KinderJugendTheater
We are an independent multilingual theater production company based in Zurich, Switzerland, founded in 2023. Our focus is on collaboration and exploration, particularly with regards to theater and film productions which are ecologically as well as humanly sustainable. Our projects work across and with languages, consisting of classics, and mash-ups of classics, as well as original plays. For this, our team combines a vast variety of linguistic and artistic backgrounds: collectively, we speak English, German, Swiss German, Italian, French, Spanish and Korean; we have participated in film, theater, music, and creative writing projects across four continents, and are excited to blend the local and the international, the time-honed and the provocative, in works that are both accessible to a wide public and unlike anything the Swiss theater scene has seen so far.
Luana Fitzgerald (she/her) is a trained actress, filmmaker, and host. Her artistic journey started at the age of 13 at the Junge Bühne Bern Theater. At 19, she moved to Santa Barbara, California, to pursue her dream of working in the film industry. There, she studied Film & TV Production and Acting. Furthering her education, Luana attended The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in Los Angeles, completing the Conservatory in Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Since then, she has been involved in numerous projects on both stage and in front of the camera in the US and Switzerland. Additionally, Luana holds a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications and works as a host and editor.
Dœlma Goldhorn (she/her) Dœlma is a poet, artist, and actress. She's fluent in six languages, board-member of the artist collective YoungVisions, and a translator at Wassho! Magazine. Her interest for seeking to understand what lies at the core of human behavior has led her to study Psychology. Currently taking a break from her studies, she is pursuing her other passion: the world of filmmaking. Dedicated to realizing visions and creating an inclusive as well as accessible environment for anyone, she is doing an internship at Contrast Film, Zurich. Among other projects, she has worked as PA on DAVOS 1917, LANDESVERRÄTER (AT) and for White Rabbit Theatre Company as AD & Stage Manager.
Lerie Pemanagpo (she/they) is a transdisciplinary artist, performer and director, living in Zürich and Basel. Pemanagpo has been experimenting with sound and digital media since teenage years and studied physical theatre and Jungian psychology after completing a Specialist degree (former equivalent of Masters Degree in Russia) in philosophy. Since 2021, Pemanagpo has been working as a theatrical and film director, and became an active AI researcher and beta-tester, implementing different models into art and advocating for an ethical and sustainable use of technology.