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Portrait of Hedvig Jalhed. Photo.

Hedvig Jalhed


Portrait of Hedvig Jalhed. Photo.

The Oracle : A Prototype


  • Hedvig Jalhed

Other contributions

  • Hedvig Jalhed
  • Kristoffer Åberg
  • David Hornwall

Summary, in English

The development of operatic works that involve artificial intelligence (AI) is an expanding field of artistic inquiry. In order to test how AI-generated text can be used in a dynamic and responsive opera libretto, the prototypical micro-opera The Oracle was conceived and presented live at PlayLab in Skövde. The theme of the immersive opera was the myth of the Delphic oracle, with the twist that the seeress now was connected to the digital realm rather than a divine dimension. The conceptual prototype was designed with interactive features and included a rhetoric and metric model for real-time text generation, a basic musical structure, and an set design into which the participating visitors could enter one by one to meet the singing soprano oracle, who conveyed the computer’s message to the recipient. The process and the performances were documented and the design elements and the multi-sensory composition of The Oracle can be further elaborated in future artistic productions.

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Document type

Artistic work


  • Performing Arts


  • opera
  • design
  • artificial intelligence
  • generative text
  • multi-sensory composition
  • performance
  • human-computer interaction
  • immersion