Work Marathon 2018: Pedro Reyes, Manufacturing Mischief (excerpt)

Pedro Reyes staged an excerpt of Manufacturing Mischief, an ideological-science-fiction-comedy that addressed the risks of AI, automation and the post-truth infosphere. Manufacturing Mischief is a puppet-play by Pedro Reyes in which the protagonist, Noam Chomsky, finds an antagonist in the toxic individualism of Ayn Rand. Other characters include Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, who are blind to the human costs of their techno-utopias.

The night before he performed the full comedy at Park Nights

PEDRO REYES studied architecture but considers himself a sculptor, although his works integrate elements of theater, psychology and activism. His work takes on a variety of forms and penetrable sculptures, and has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and dOCUMENTA (13), among others. Reyes initiated the ongoing Palas por Pistolas where 1,527 guns were collected in Mexico through a voluntary donation campaign to produce the same number of shovels to plant 1,527 trees. He was recently appointed as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also became the inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist. Pedro Reyes lives and works in Mexico City.

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