Last update: Nov 2004


Robotic Performance

LE PROCÈS - THE TRIAL shows in a symbolic way the trial of machines by men, as well as the trial of men by machines.

This project's goal is to create a multimedia performance staging a world populated exclusively by robotic actors. It will also be presented as an autonomous interactive installation.

It acts like a reflexive tribunal where identities intermix, where juges, jurors, victims and accused, take flesh in metal creatures born from our own conception of the world, of what is good and what is bad, of what is alive and what is not. As in Kafka's famous novel, of which crime are we accused? Who's judging? What will be the verdict?

Concept:       Louis-Philippe Demers, 
               Bill Vorn		
               Demers-Vorn ©1999
Collaborators: Denis Labelle

Producers:     Canada Arts Council,
               Conseil des Arts et des Lettres
               du Québec
Date:          Summer 1999

Status:        available


Le Procès was invited as one of the guest numbers of Robert Lepage's technological cabaret 'Zulu Time'. An adapted version of Le Procès was then developped to match the scenography.

The Staging

These performers have been created to populate the stage environment:

The Swinging Machines
The Back-Up Vocals Machines
The Hanging Machine
The Parasite Machines
The Main Act Machines

    also see Ex-Machina calendar for Zulu Time

  • Zulu Time (Zurich, Switzerland)
    August 1999.

  • Festival d'Automne à Paris Maison des Arts de Créteil (Créteil, France)
    September 1999.

  • Le Carrefour (Québec, Canada)
    Juin 2000.

  • Exit 2003 Maison des Arts de Créteil (Paris,France)
    Feb-March 2003

  • Via 2003 (Maubeuge,France)
    March 2003.

  • Capitale Européenne de la Culture Lille 2004 (Lille, France)
    Dec 2003 to March 2004

  • Festival Oriente Occidente (Rovereto, Italy)
    Sept 2004


  • Images

    Please see section description under each machines.


    Images by Emmanuel Valette


    Images at EXIT 2003


    Images at La Caserne

  • Movies


    ©Demers-Vorn 1999-2001

    Live at La Caserne 2001 QT-Mov, 29.6Mb

    Le Soleil

    New York Times


    Contact Processing-Plant. Availablel on-line shortly.