Human Simulation

Human Simulation

Frascati Producties / Orion Maxted



What links Angela Merkel’s policy to the interaction between proteins? What is the common factor in the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership and the working of a thermostat? Or time and money?
Human Simulation unleashes processes related to biology on language to create a world in which different scales are becoming intertwined. This production links the autonomous regulation of human cells to the drama of romance, or the operation of food chains to relations within international politics.
Orion Maxted's systemic, algorithmic theatre reveals how a group of people thinking together can form a computer, and in so doing arrive at new forms of thought and presentation. 
In stark contrast to the vast complexity of the world we live in, as individual humans, we can consciously handle only a few elements at once. How are we then to think and write about this then, when we are inextricably woven into these systems? 
And yet, simple patterns appear to repeat at every level of reality. 
All the great dramas and the most elegant equations only contain a handful of main characters or terms, and from those small-scale geometries made up of only three performers at a time, connections branch out, in an attempt to understand the world.
concept & direction Orion Maxted performers Laura Mentink, Loveday Smith, Thomas Dudkiewicz advisors Frank Theys, Edit Kaldor science advisor Prof. Hans V. Westerhofft technician Saskia De Vries sound production Ja Ha Koo devising collaborators Gina-Alina-Patilea, Chiara Wilde, Margo van de Linde, Julian Hetzel, Jo van de Meij and Eva Kijlstra co-produced by Frascati Producties, Amsterdam and Beursschouwburg, Brussels. 
Previous versions of the piece supported by MU Gallery, Eindhoven and DAS, Master of Theatre, Amsterdam.


Cybernetic, Algorithmic, Systemic Theatre Symposium