“Human Post”: Where we are going

Are we more than a bag of meat and a sum of data that would recreate an electronic avatar of ourselves after our disappearance? This is the type of bio-futuro-existential questions that cross our mind during “Post Humains”, a documentary autodiction piece presented at the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec.
N e have no evil, for nearly two hours, to monitor closely the steps and Research Dominique Leclerc, who left the meeting cyborgs and transhumanists communities. His first medical quest to find alternatives to his blood glucose meter gradually turns into a much larger quest for the future of humanity. Does the next evolution of the species go through the amalgamation of the body – even the self – with technology?

Quite quickly, thanks to simple questions addressed to the public before and during the performance, we understand that the answer will inevitably be “yes”. And we must now look at how we will frame this evolution.

With a lot of outspokenness and self-mockery, Dominique Leclerc lets us accompany him to meet various stakeholders (which we are fortunately provided the list in the program, otherwise we admit that sometimes it would be difficult to navigate ). Didier Lucien plays several, from the director of engineering at Google to that often cited as the first cyborg, delivering most of their remarks while allowing a dose of humor. Édith Paquet, at the controls of a console, acts as an extensionist, making a point of defining any new or unknown term for the benefit of the public.

Dennis Kastrup, a German journalist who won the heart of Dominique Leclerc shortly after the start of his quest, completes the quartet. It helps to link the documentary approach (in which he participated in the field) to more intimate issues, such as marriage, the future of two despite illness and the prospect of grief, over several scenes of couples.

Directed by Leclerc and Edith Patenaude, their love at first sight or the marriage proposal become comic vignettes. We never really immerse ourselves in the intimacy of the couple (even when we include a connected vibrator), nor in the real emotional magma that may have aroused all these questions. The creators preferred experimentation and presentation, more posed ways of taking full measure of what lies ahead.

A tulle serves as a screen for web and video content and allows bluish effects to appear to illustrate brain activity or the disembodied self. Behind, a checkerboard of boxes placed in light showers recalls files lined up on a computer desk. It illustrates a world of possibilities, all those memories that can not be thrown away, or these accumulated data tirelessly to feed the algorithms.

Despite the obvious interest of the issues raised, the multitude of questions it raises and the dynamic and friendly scenic form, Post Humains does not have the same force of striking as the ishow , in which had participated Leclerc and Patenaude. It is rather a hand extended, to enter the discussion.

The show seen Sunday will be presented again Monday and Tuesday at 19h in the Multi room of Méduse.

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