Turing Machine

Mika Lumi Tuomola, Merja Nieminen, Leena Saarinen

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formArtefactSolo art production


Turing Machine Opera and Turing Enigma bot Crucible Studio and Helsinki Skaala Opera (http://www.oopperaskaala.fi) collaborated in creating a “Trilogy of Turing”; Turing Machine was a multimedia opera performance at Korjaamo, “the Helsinki Cultural Factory”, Turing Enigma is both a spatial installation and a chatting experience on the Internet and mobile web. Each approach also works independently and provides new points of view to the fascinating life of Alan Turing (1912-1954), a heroic wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science. He made a provocative contribution to the debate regarding artificial intelligence: whether it will ever be possible to say that a machine is conscious and can think. As a person he was "an ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician", which led him, tragically, to commit suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide. The Turing Enigma and the 3D scenography for Helsinki Skaala Opera’s Turing Machine are realized by the Crucible Studio team as an experimental production for the EU Commission funded research project, SALERO (http://www.salero.info). Turing Enigma In Turing Enigma Alan Turing's spirit has infiltrated the World War II encrypting device Enigma, which Turing devised to successfully crack an “unbreakable” German code. The user can play the role of the cryptologist and engage in discussions with Alan Turing's spirit. The artificial character can recognize words and sentences from text typed-in by users and then reply accordingly with text and by "spitting out" various 3D-animated objects and operatic sounds out of the Enigma machine. During the Turing Machine multimedia performances by Opera Skaala The Turing Enigma will also be present as an installation in the performance venue. Turing Enigma is on-line at http://www.taik.fi/turingenigma Turing Machine Helsinki Skaala Opera’s Turing Machine opera, composed by Eeppi Ursin and Visa-Pekka Mertanen, is comprised mainly of new electronic music and realtime sampling of old and new material. The libretto is based on the play “Turing” by Miko Jaakkola, which tells the strange life story of this exceptionally talented and complex person. The 3D visualization and digital scenography is by Merja Nieminen and the Crucible Studio team. The opera premieres in Helsinki at Korjaamo 28.3.2008. Turing Machine performances: Preview: 27.3.2008 at 19.00 Premiere: Friday 28.3.2008 at 19.00 Sun 30.3. at 15.00 Mon 31.3. at 19.00 Tue 1.4. at 19.00 Wed 2.4. at 19.00
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeF1 Published independent work of art

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