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Resurrection (TOTB) is the next iteration of Libby's Top of the Bots performance. Top of the Bots is an ongoing Arts Council England funded project, where the aesthetics and functioning of artificial intelligent algorithms create live experiences that question our consumption of celebrities and our relations to each other. The power of group singing in karaoke, imperfections in voice and individual vulnerability are sites to explore cross-class contact and alternative expressions of collective identity.
Resurrection (TOTB) asks what it means to resurrect icons of western music and questions notions of truth and labour. Is technology the new religion? What does it mean to use artificial means to bring someone back form the dead? Is death just simply another marketing consideration? If any one can perform and on screen look and sound exactly like a famous person, what value does that leave for the famous person? In this performance, four celebrities were brought back in this performance: Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie and Elvis Presley. Depending on how the participant moves in front of the camera, various effigies of these icons would lip sync back with them, emerging and decaying in a painterly fashion. A live portrait of our collective memory of these souls.
Top of the Bots is hosted by performer Sammy James Britten. Throughout the show he playfully interrogates audience members about these themes.