The play, “When I Come To My Senses, I’m Alive,” tells the story of a technological provocateur, Annique, who invents a method for capturing emotions as digital information, as part of a project to “chart the emotional genome.” She develops a cult following of fans who download her very addictive “emoticlips” and play them back in hobby-built receiver helmets.
The experience is not full blown virtual reality. Emotional responses and sensations are triggered, and each fan experiences something unique. In fact, her fans string together complex playlists of Annique’s “emoticlips” to generate emotional experiences that become quite deeper and more intense than Annique originally experienced herself.
A seedy television executive tries to coopt her technology to syndicate the emotions of TV stars, hiring an elite P.I. to figure out what Annique’s weaknesses are when she refuses to sell out. In the meantime, publishing digital versions of Annique’s emotions to the Internet has unexpected consequences amongst the botnets of the world.
I am so definitely attending this show. Who’s with me?