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Golem - Lecture and Theater Play

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 19:00 to Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 22:00
Sainctelettesquare 20, 1000 Brussel
Crosstalks and Kaaitheater
Lecture and theatre play/performance

According to the Jewish legend, a golem is a figure made from dust and clay by a man of learning and brought to life by means of a ritual incantation. The golem was intended as an assistant to its human creator, as a companion or protector of the latter's threatened community. But the experiment gets out of hand, and the creature turns against its creator.

19:00 - Lecture by Inigo Wilkins (UK): 'The myth of golem' - ENG

The myth of golem not only recasts in modern form a question that has been central to philosophy since the ancient Greek distinction between animate and inanimate matter, it also augurs current dilemmas in robotics and artificial intelligence. Drawing on recent neuroscientific theories of consciousness, the young British philosopher Inigo Wilkins weaves these strands together to outline the contemporary significance of the myth.

20:30 - Theater play 'Golem' by Thomas Ryckewaert - WITHOUT WORDS

‘Golem’ is a tale of ambition, creativity, power, creation, madness and destruction. It is a theme that touches upon the age-old fear of creating something that surpasses us: from the Bible via Frankenstein to the ghost of artificial intelligence. It is a story that raises the same question in every age: how deep can we dig?

To attend the lecture and the play, send an e-mail to goedele.nuyttens@vub.be