Exploring the aesthetic dimension of robotic movement using an industrial sized 6 axis robot, Kuka. Technology can be used as a tool to augment the human experience allowing us to question the rigid definition of what is human and what is machine. It can also change the way in which we interact with the machines we created and use everyday. To initiate a dialogue between the two a symbol movement language was developed to facilitate dancer communication. Rigid and smooth basic movements such as a rotation, line, contract were visualized and catalogue. A sequence of moves were put together to create a visual choreography that gave to the dancer, visually, and to the kuka, in KLR code. The dancer was asked to interpret the symbols, intuitively with her body or through the space. The same sequence was given to the robot and as the kuka moved along those paths in space the orientation of its tool moved along the path as well. This process makes the input parameters the same for both dancers
yielding spontaneous results. Without knowing the outcome, the choreographer and dancer can change and connections between the two can arise.
Hexis is an example Kuka becoming the sole source of the scenery, normally a stage is set using static objects, speakers in one place, lights in another. I am proposing to create a stage with moving elements that are all focused on one dynamic container. For the dancer, audience and choreographer this creates a new experience allowing the dancer to interact with the moving environment. This moving environment allows us as the audience and the dancer to be “with” the machine, for it can step outside of what we define as a “danger zone.” Fostering Collaborative Communication Creating a common movement language the dancer and the robot are joined together and begin
to have a dialog. Instead of translating one’s movements to another in synchronization or transpose the code or symbols from one to the other, instead I am create a new way for inter communication between the Choreographer-Dancer-Robot and audience.
De-utilization and Expansion of Technology
The robot is a tool man has made to complete tasks that are repetitive, require precision, and speed. The robot is constantly working, it is my intention plan to expand and push the limit of the technology by de-utilizing it. Without humanizing it, we can appreciate its function as a dynamic object that’s not a tool. Juxtaposition of Dancers By placing the dancer and the robot, side by side I am exploring the communication and connection between the two disproportionate beings. There is contrast, not only in scale and magnitude but also through movement. For the dancer smooth curves are easy to achieve where as rigid movements that require us to change planes requires more work, for the Kuka, the opposite is true, the robot works much harder to create smooth lines as it travels through points in space, but rigid movements can be accomplished easily. Dance is a theme or idea translated into time, movement and space, melded with auditory and visual harmonies, it excites the viewer, representing reflex, conditioning memory, and continuous awareness to produce a new feeling that is otherwise not communicable. The observers experience is unique, creative, and reflects their ability to identify with the actions expressed in the dance. Connecting with technology is what defined our relationship with technology, adapting to digital technology in this piece allows the relationship to become intuitive and feel natural.
2014, Hexis was performed for a live audience at the FAB10 convention in Barcelona, Spain
2014, Hexis was featured in Movies by Movers film festival in the US.
2015, Hexis won Best Experimental Film at the SF Frozen Film Fest in San Francisco, CA, USA.
Developed at: IAAC
Category: Interaction Design
Team: Carmen Aguilar y Wedge
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