Queensland-based techno troublemakers Counterpilot make their Sydney Festival debut with TRUTHMACHINE, a new work deploying high-tech biometric sensors and live voting systems to seek out the truth in a world of fake news and alternative facts.
Inspired by art history and the true crime genre, TRUTHMACHINE delivers an intriguing narrative wrapped in an intricate production in which the participant’s heart rate, breathing patterns and galvanic skin responses – as measured by a polygraph – are converted into an intricate symphony of light and sound.
Counterpilot is renowned for placing audiences at the centre of unique, high-tech experiences. “It’s part theatre, part social experiment,” explains director Nathan Sibthorpe. “Twelve people enter the room. We have no idea how they’re going to react. Our questions might be prepared in advance, but it’s impossible for us to predict our audience’s responses; whether they be true confessions, complete lies or something in between. The energy in the room is alive and responsive … we can never run the same show twice.”