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Wednesday, May 07, 2008
IBM 1401 - a user's manual



IBM 1401 - a user's manual, a musical/dance performance by Erna Omarsdottir and Johann Johannsson at the Gas Station Theatre on May 6, 2008 as part of the Nuna(now) festival.

From the program ...
IBM 1401 - a user's manual is based around the story of the first computer to come to Iceland, in 1964.

IBM 1401 - a user's manual is a meditation on the complex relationship between humankind and the machines it has created.
I forgot how sad the music of 1401 is. If I had to sum up the performance, it would be life, death and everything in-between. I'm pretty sure we are talking about machines but I can't be sure. Great performance. Loved the way it started and ended. A nice well behaved crowd.

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