The Uncanny Robots Project
Examining human-robot interactions through dance and performance.
This project aims to explore the possibilities of human-robot interactions through means not normally used. In a trans-disciplinary, research-creation activity, the project blurs the lines of not only the performance/audience being human/non-human, but the space itself acting as both a site of creation and an interactive character, contributing to the narrative. The medium of dance has been an inherently human mode of expression and performance. With technology affecting so many areas of our experience, what, and how, can a technological actor contribute to this physical performance mode, and influence our understanding of ourselves and the role of technology.
This performance is the first phase of the project and acts as a proof-of-concept of developing a larger work. In it we present a 20-minute dance duet choreographed by and featuring Belinda McGuire, and a KUKA robot. Further research aims include exploring machine learning and improvisation techniques. As well we aim to develop a digital choreographic library of movement that can act as a dataset in further robotic and technological dance development.
Produced with funding and assistance from:
Design Technology Lab at The Creative School; Performance at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University.
Director of the Design Technology Lab at The Creative School: Jonathon Anderson
Lighting Designer: Sam Skynner
Costume Designers: Alessia Urbani & Andrew Nasturzio
Technical Directors: Scott Martin, Josh Capodagli, Bonnie Thomson
Stage Manager: Nicholas Fassbender
Research Assistant: Sasha Anderson
Drone and 3D scanning consultant: Jimmy Tran
Video Producer: Lee Foster
Camera Operators: Chris Wilson, Mike Donis
Editor: Bryan Piggott
Special Thanks: Alex Alphonso, Mitchell Ayres, Theo Belc, Cherie Chiu, Betty Fan, Rowan Jones, Cory Macmillan, Katie Norman, Caroline Rodway, Emilie Trimbee, Kim Schaedlich, Performance Studio Crew