[ISEA2023] Poster: Hélène Duval, Audrey Rochette & David St-Onge — Robotic Swarm Shadow Theater

Poster Statement

Keywords: Dance, human-robot interaction, puppetry, natural interface, non-verbal communication, expressive motion, shadow theater, dance analysis

Swarms are fascinating and hypnotic in nature. When observing a flock of birds or a swarm of ants, we sometimes wonder what their goal or reasoning (instinct or learned?) is, but, more often, we get lost in the contemplation of their complex organization and the aesthetic qualities of their coordinated motion. As part of an ongoing research-creation project, our team of choreographers, expressive motion experts, puppeteers and engineers designed a device to explore and manipulate the ‘swarm material’. This demonstration will provide the audience with a robotic swarm in a portable shadow theater.