Aphids Events Inc

Computer Boy

Computer Boy
Performance Space, in association with Blood Policy and Aphids, presents


Computer Boy is a puppet with a 12-inch LCD screen for a face. Sometimes he is alive, other times he’s kind of the zombie we’d expect from fat, DVD-fed children. Using contemporary performance, puppetry and machinima animation, Computer Boy is created within the 3D virtual environment of sandbox-style games like Grand Theft Auto, and evokes our culture’s anxiety about a younger generation’s increasing immersion in – and dependence on – virtual worlds. With an original score made with video game consoles by renowned electronic composer DJ Tr!p, Computer Boy is a sensationalised popular media story about the cult of youth degeneracy.

Artistic Team

Original Concept: Sam Routledge
Puppetry and Machinima: Sam Routledge
Video: Martyn Coutts
Text: Willoh S. Weiland
Score: DJ TR!P
Design: Jonothan Oxlade
Lighting and Production: Clytie Smith
Production Management: Anna Schoo

Original Presentation

Location: Performance Space, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson st, Eveleigh
Date & Time: 23rd - 26th May, 2012

Created with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Federation Square, Hothouse Theatre, Insite Arts, Playwriting Australia through the National Script Workshop and developed in the CultureLAB at Arts House.

Image credit: Bryony Jackson, WhoaaMariaa7