This is the Still Place Presents: Tomorrow Officially Sucks but Today is the Best

Educated Ether, an artificial intelligence trained by the artist duo Saloranta & de Vylder, has acted as playwright and dramaturg in this vaguely post-apocalyptic performance where we get to follow a musician, an opera singer and an acrobat in a portrayal of what life is. Through choreography, song, and acrobatics, we meet the characters in their emotions and human commitments – like starting a band, selling insurance at an airport or describing the inscrutability of existence.

"We have been in Stockholm to work with Björk and it has been a fantastic experience. There's no way back to what we had before. It's over for ever. Just one day ago, we started talking about starting a band. We'll name it Starseed."

Saloranta & de Vylder (Olle Strandberg Colling and Sara de Vylder) wanted to create a performing arts performance that steps outside their own creative framework but still accommodates their personal tonality and expression. They therefore fed a in-house developed, non-commercial AI language model with Olle Strandberg Colling's collected texts. The language model was named Educated Ether and was trained to write scene descriptions and instructions. Educated Ether created a raw script material which was then interpreted by a creative team led by Saloranta & de Vylder and designed into TOSBOT*.

*The AI Educated Ether who helped write the show also dubbed it the long title “This is the Still Place Presents: Tomorrow Officially Sucks but Today is the Best (TOSBOT)”. We say “TOSBOT” for simplicity.

Educated Ether

Educated Ether is a large-scale language model (AI) developed by computer scientist and prominent language model developer Kajsa Norin together with Saloranta & de Vylder. The AI is trained on Olle Strandberg's texts from the last decade to learn his tonality and lines of thought. The big difference between Educated Ether and more general language models is how it is created to reach a specific level of excellence in order to act as a personal artistic AI assistant. It is an artificial intelligence that, unlike the commercial models, is allowed to remain raw and unfiltered in its expression and is allowed to be created in an environment peculiarly free from the dominant ideas and mindsets of the outside world.

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Dansens Hus: Elverket
November 30, 2023
70 Minutes

Artistic direction and choreography

Olle Strandberg


Methinee Wongtrakoon, Maja Frydén, Andreas Tengblad

Room & Costume

Katarina Wiklund

Light concept and renderings

Christoffer Jansson

Light design

Julia Jäntti

Composition and sound design

Andreas Tengblad

Air design

Sara de Vylder

Text & instructions

Educated Ether

AI developer

Kajsa Norin

Art direction and graphic design

Albin Holmqvist

Photography and film

Erik Pousette

Website Development

Johan Hemgren

Lighting Consultation

Wilhelm Belin


Sara de Vylder