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Dancing Embryo

Dancing Embryo

Diego Marín & Benedikte Wallace - England, 2022

The project

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 with 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 transhumanist communication occurs by the fusion of both, human and AI creativity.

More about Human-AI Dance project

DANCE PERFORMANCE

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.

PERFORMATIVE INSTALLATION

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.
or
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.

TEAM

TEAM

Diego Marín | AI Interactivity modelling

Diego is an established choreographer, director and dance anthropologist graduated from Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. Through this project, he addresses a set of intersectional issues from cyborg anthropology, posthumanism and embodied cognition.

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 is the creator of the AI Dancer which with you could interact.

Diego and Benedikte

Collaborating

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, Diego collaborated in her PhD research by participating as a dance scholar and practitioner in the workshop 'Embodying AI' at University of Arts London.

In September, Diego will give a seminar on Human/AI Creation of dance at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (University of Cambridge), where he and Benedikte’s AI Dancer will perform live



PUBLICATIONS


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 and University of Cambridge.

What happens when Art meets AI?

Benedikte Wallace at TEDxArendal Oslo

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