[ISEA2023] Paper: Isadora Teles de Castro, Chu-Yin Chen & Hui-Ting Hong — A Performance Co-Created with an Autonomous Virtual System: A Symbiotic Approach


Full Paper, Theme: AI – Generative  Sub theme: Symbiotic Imaginaries

This paper is a case study of a performance co-created in interaction with an autonomous virtual system. Our outcomes point to an essential production period where the creative team learns to know the virtual system through indirect interactions: the match-up phase. During this step, co-creation and co-evolution moments happened, indicating a possible symbiotic relationship. We discuss the implications and the outcomes of working with autonomous scenography in a performative context. We then expand the reflection to the potential creative associations between performance arts and autonomous technology.

  • Isadora Teles de Castro is a Brazilian artist based in Paris. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate within the INREV research team at the University of Paris 8. Her artistic research and practice are in digital generative art, artistic modeling of self-organizing systems, and the design of interactive interfaces for live performances.
  • Professor Chu-Yin Chen is an Artist and Professor in Digital Arts, Image Numérique et Réalité Virtuelle (INREV) research team at Paris 8 University, France. Based on Artificial Life and complex systems, her creations develop interaction modes between the audience and virtual creatures showing autonomous and evolving behaviors. Her digital artworks have been shown in numerous international exhibitions. Her research articulates two overlapping areas: 1] Digital Creation using algorithms of complexity and emergence, and 2] Metacognition and Elicitation of the processes of creation, enaction, and aesthetic reception, via psycho-phenomenology and mindfulness.
  • Hui-Ting Hong, PhD candidate, is an experimental artist from Taipei, Taiwan, based in Paris, France. She focuses on the interaction and transformation between the body, space, and mind and aims to explore the existence and reproduction of the human body by expanding the boundaries of perception. Her research-artistic practice focuses on the perception of bodily movements and the hybrid human body, mainly discussing the virtual representation of the body and its energetic variation.