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Dancing Embryo

Dancing Embryo

Diego Marín & Benedikte Wallace - England, 2022


Dancing Embryo is the artistic display of the project Human-AI Dance. It consists in dance performances and an interactive installation where AI and human creativity meet. The installation is open in two modalities for open interaction, where the user can bodily interact with an intelligent pictorial being whom can co-create movement or establish a dance learning experience. Through motion sensors and Mix reality, the exhibition room becomes a liminal space where the fusion of human and AI creativity occurs.


Dancing Embryo includes a stage performance where Artificial and Human intelligence co-create in real time. This dance theatrical piece is performed by an AI Dancer developed by Benedikte Wallace and Diego Marín.


Dancing Embryo offers two possible displayments installed in open interactive places such as galleries or museums. The project includes AI software, video introduction for users, development of protocol for the creative lab and technological/spatial installation at the venue.

Creative Lab mode

Open as a creative partner for artists who want to experiment with human/AI creation.

As artistic residency or as open creation process, this modality offers a public dance safeguarding in real and virtual space. The practice can be seen by other visitors of the venue while is been used by artists to create new choreographic projects.

  • Interaction by:
  • VR Glasses, Smart suite and touchscreen computer.
  • Visitors can see the interaction through screens and by seeing the dancer moving in real life with the AI creature.

Playful mode

Open to all the visitors in the venue who can interact easily and without special equipment.

Teach the AI your favourite movements and see how it learns them.
Challenge it by playing your favourite song and seeing the choreography it creates for you.

  • Interaction by:
  • Kinect Sensor, screen (23'') and touchscreen computer.
VR Glasses

Space usage

The artistic installation foresees the exhibition of both modalities, although it is also possible to exhibit only one of the two.

The circuit starts from the exhibition of the creative process Human/AI (2) and is conceived as an artistic residency platform where dance artists are invited to create choreography in collaboration with an AI dancer.

The creation process is at the same time an exhibition piece, while the space where the interaction takes place is open to the public where they can watch the interaction between the artist and the machine.

At the entrance to the room (1), choreographic results of other artists who have participated are exhibited to arouse curiosity about how humans and artificial entities collaborate to make dance.

At the exit of the room, visitors will find the playful mode (3), where they can interact with the AI pictorial entity through a motion sensor.

Venue requirements

The project is customisable to different kind of venues, however we suggest for Creative Lab an empty room with a minimum of 60 m², whilst for Playful mode a minimum of 6 m² in a shared room. Nevertheless, we can adapt it to the conditions of smaller venues, specific exhibitions or particular ideas for festivals or performances.

Wifi connection, video projector and HD Sound system are the minimum fixed technical conditions required at the venue. We will provide sensors, screens, VR glasses, MoCap suits and the rest of interactive gadgets.



Diego Marín | AI Interactivity modelling

Currently Lecturer in the Master of Dance Research at Rambert School and University of Kent (UK). Diego is an established dance artist and researcher, former student of the University of Cambridge and graduated from Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage.

Diego Marín

Benedikte Wallace | AI Software creator

PhD candidate in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (RITMO) of the University of Oslo. She has done extensive research into AI creativity and is the creator of the AI Dancer for this and other projects.

6A9 | Audiovisual production

6A9 is a Creative studio focused on audiovisual production directed by Arturo Rentería and Alvaro Arriola. They are creatives and producers of visual and sound content of the project.

Diego and Benedikte


In 2021, Diego and Benedikte met each other at RITMO Centre, where both explored the sonification of dance by using wearables that can produce music while dancing.

Later in 2022, both produced research plattforms such as the workshop 'Embodying AI' at University of Arts London and the seminar 'Human-AI Dance: hybrid co-creativity in the posthuman era' at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (University of Cambridge). Diego and Benedikte’s AI Dancer performed live in the conference 'Human+AI Collaborive performance' in 2022, where and 6A9 joined the project to later produce the dance film "Dancing Embryo".


Artistic Statement

Diego Marín

Artificial Intelligence and humans:
Understanding a new language for the creation of aesthetic movement.

Human-AI Dance Project

Diego Marín

Dance: beyond a human expression.

Research outcomes at Choreomundus consortium and University of Cambridge.

What happens when Art meets AI?

Benedikte Wallace at TEDxArendal Oslo


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