The project is loosely based on The Other Dream, a novel by Bulgarian writer Vladimir Poleganov, in which the partner of the deceased protagonist attempts to reconstruct his consciousness post-mortem by scraping together every available trace that machines have preserved of him. Inspired by the book’s premise, Sapromat and Kosmotehnika explore the confusion that the technologically mediated consciousness experiences as it tries to verify its own existence. Such collaboration between audiovisual performers and researchers in the fields of science and technology is unprecedented in the Bulgarian context. Sapromat will direct and create an original audiovisual performance of the novel, adapted by Kosmotehnika, who will also translate and publish key contemporary STS [Science and Technology Studies] texts for Bulgarian readers. The performance will experiment with contemporary technologies and will include sound design by the AMEK Collective, a Bulgarian music label.
Sapromat (Mihaela Dobreva, Boris Daltchev) is an artist duo working with interactive, immersive art and performance. Kosmotehnika (Alexander Popov, Konstantin Georgiev) explores the accelerating symbiosis between ethics and technical activities.