Robot Choreography, a method of programming robots to dance, explores the aesthetic implications of robotic movement. This work, integrating human and robot performers on stage and in video, has met with a mixed reaction. Acceptance and anxiety issues raised by robots in our society now apply to the world of art, as the technology spills over into creative venues. Clearly, performers and audiences must be prepared and reeducated to fully comprehend and appreciate the value of technological innovations, Robot Choreography provides an exemplary case of how computer and robot technology has expanded the role of the artist and the audience. Robot performances illustrate that a real robot (programmable, intelligent and dexterous machine) is able to communicate and express feelings to an audience. Industrial robots, programmed to capture graceful and humanlike gestures, are cast as dancers and actors in various performances. Seemingly, a machine comes to life on stage.
Integrating art and technology can provide a new look at the same world: art utilizes science and science recognizes art. As our world becomes integrated with new technology, the human response must grasp a reality beyond the novelty of mere illusion and imagination. The intention of merging the worlds of art and science is not to replace the artist but, based on skill and technique, create a new form of expression.
- Margo K. Apostolos Ph D. Cboreographer and researcher, School of Theatre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA