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About this event

Would you take a lie detector test with a stranger? Watch or be interrogated with real biometric sensors, as we seek out truth in a world of fake news and alternative facts. The polygraph machine used to be regarded as a legal instrument, but today we think we can cheat. Let's see if your heart rate can lie as effectively as our leaders can.

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Counterpilot is a collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe and including Mike Willmett (sound designer), Clinton Freeman (software designer), and Christine Felmingham (technical designer). Together we create interactive performance works, activating audiences with new technology, rich design, and transmedia storytelling. Counterpilot seeks to transform the familiar, juxtaposing rich fictional worlds against a backdrop of the everyday.

Our most recent project, ‘Crunch Time’ premiered at Next Wave Festival 2018 in Melbourne and was described as “obviously brilliant” (The Age), a “feast for the eyes and ears” (My Melbourne Arts), and “just about flawlessly realised” (Stage Whispers).