Group Intelligence
Out Of Hand Theater
Lunatics

This program is sponsored by the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution. Funding for this program is provided by Theatre Communications Group, Possible Futures, Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory and The Netherland-America Foundation. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

"A timeless, impressive visual spectacle."
-Thea van der Schoot, Gelderlander

Art & Science converge as participants follow MP3 cues
forming an inspiring flash mob experience.

Physical Theater Training
Center for Chemical Evolution
National Science Foundation
NASA
Fonds Podium Kunsten
Theatre Communications Group
Possible Futures
Kilpatrick Townsend Attorneys at Law
The Netherland America Foundation
Georgia Council for the Arts
Fulton County Arts Council
Atlanta Cultural Affairs

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A Science and Public Art Experiment

In partnership with the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, Atlanta’s Out of Hand Theater and The Lunatics, a theater group from The Netherlands, have created a flash mob-inspired performance converging science and art: Group Intelligence.

Once participants have registered for one of six performances, they receive an MP3 track to download, or they sign up to borrow an MP3 player at the event. Following cues on the MP3 track, participants transform into performers and a spontaneous spectacle unfolds for onlookers.

During the experience, participants travel together, solve problems, do a little work, have a lot of fun, build something extraordinary together and ultimately, achieve Group Intelligence. How hard they work is up to each individual, but the diversity of the group is key.

Out of Hand collaborates with leading scientists, making new events inspired by new discoveries. In celebration the 2011 International Year of Chemistry, and partnering with the National Science Foundation/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, Group Intelligence explores the vital issues of global water scarcity and origins of life chemistry.

Combining the spontaneity of a flash mob, the confusion and thrill of MP3 cues, and a real live experiment in molecular self assembly, order will arise from chaos; Group Intelligence is an entertaining experience that just might blow your mind.

After each performance, participants and onlookers can view their experiment and find out more about the science behind it as they watch their performance shared with the world online right here!

Click Here to sign up and get details for one of our performances at Emory on April 14th-16th.

Click Here to sign up and get details for one of our performances at Woodruff park on April 21st-23rd

Scientists are closer than ever before to answering the question, How did life begin? They now know that molecules self assemble, just like groups of people. In fact, the complex structures of biology seem remarkably, almost magically, to self assemble without assistance, forming everything from RNA to multicellular organisms like plants, animals and people. All life is made of molecules behaving cooperatively, creating group intelligence, and diversity is necessary for molecules to survive and behave intelligently. Life lessons from chemistry. Find out more about the latest scientific research on the origins of life at Exploring Life's Origins' website.

Woodruff April 23rd Performance

Thanks to everyone who came out to the last and final Atlanta performance in Woodruff Park. Check out the performance video above. We'd like to thank everyone who showed up and joined our experiment!

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Woodruff April 22nd Performance

Thanks to everyone who came out to the second performance in Woodruff Park. Our 22nd performance video is up, check it out below and see if you can find yourself!

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Woodruff April 21st Performance

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to our first performance in Woodruff Park. Even the bystanders joined in.

Still haven't come out for a performance? Sign up today!

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Emory April 16th Performance

After a crazy thunderstorm, the Saturday performance went off without a hitch! Thanks to everyone who showed up. See if you can find yourself in the video above.

This weekend, Thursday the 21st through Saturday the 23rd, we will be in Woodruff Park. Hope you can join us!

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Emory April 14th Performance

Big Thanks for our first preview audience for Group Intelligence. We learned a lot. Improvements are in progress. We couldn't do this without you. See more of you tonight! 7pm on the Emory Quad. Woodruff Park is next week!

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