14/05 2011

robot dance troupe



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work performed: programming, gui design, light design, video design

 

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performances and exhibitions:

 

québec numérique: 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th of october 2011, paris

belef: 29th, 30st & 31st of july 2011, belgrade

elektra: 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th of may 2011, montreal

winzavod: 1st & 2nd of april 2011, moscow

v2: 10th, 11th & 12th of september 2010, rotterdam

bains numériques: 18th & 19th of june 2010, paris

 

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performers in the traditional performing arts such as music, dance and theatre

are generally thought to have both technical skills and interpretive skills, where

the latter skills are regarded as specific human skills. this piece walks along

this thin line.

 

the tiller girls is a group of 21 small autonomous robots. these robots were

developed in artificial intelligence for the study of gaits given minimal

freedom of movements. the robots can only balance their torsos and shoulders

but they can yet achieve a large variety of expressions and behaviors.

performers in the traditional performing arts such as music, dance and theatre

are generally thought to have both technical skills and interpretive skills,

where the latter skills are regarded as specific human skills.

 

auslander highlights the "grey" area between these with examples from the

performing arts such as the practised routines of orchestral musicians, and

the famous early 20th-century tiller girls synchronized chorus-line dance, in

which human performers are called upon to exercise their technical skills

but not their interpretive skills (p. 91). auslander exposes indeterminacies in

this binary thinking in the traditional performing arts. in contrast, auslander

draws upon performance theorist michael kirby´s notion of "nonmatrixed

performing", in which a performer does not feign or present any role and is

simply being himself or herself, carrying out tasks, to assert that robot

performances can indeed be placed within the continuum of performance art.

 

auslander discusses examples of performance art in which there is no

difference in overall artistic intention whether tasks are carried out by human

performer or robot performer, and where the actions of a human or a

robot can be regarded equally as art performances (p. 98). excerpt from

yuji sone (2008).

 

text information from louis-philippe demers:

www.processing-plant.com

 

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video examples:

vimeo.com/50566869

vimeo.com/50566870

 

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concept and robots: louis-philippe demers

sound composition: phillip schulze

 

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robotics:

raja dravid

max lungarella

dynamic devices (ch)

in collaboration with ai lab zurich

 

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producers:

interaction and entertainement research centre

digital realities startup grant (ntu)

 

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picture:

www.flickr.com/photos/elektrafestival/5716739988/in/set-72157626712541860

 

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