The desirable robot has been a trope in science fiction from Metropolis to Ex Machina. American University professor Despina Kakoudaki (author of "Anatomy of a Robot") says watching actors play robots is a wish fulfillment — imagining what it would be like to not feel emotions or deal with the messiness of the human body. Eric Molinsky also talks with playwrights Mariah MacCarthy and Leah Nanako Winkler about their off-Broadway festival "Sex with Robots," which explores the dark desires behind an impossible fantasy.
From February to the opening of M9 in June the website will feature a program of biweekly podcast episodes from the archives of selected podcast producers. The episodes will relate to various aspect of the Alienation theme and as such comprise a sort of catalogue or reader for the biennial. The program is done in collaboration with the podcast producers. At the opening M9 will launch a new podcast production by Third Ear (UK/DR).