Machine Movement Lab

Video © Petra Gemeinboeck 2019
Dancing with the Nonhuman: An Aesthetics of Encounter

Robots are said to soon be our teachers, nurses and companions. This vision of our technological future is already beginning to take shape—with many of these machines being figured as humanlike as possible, with cartoony eyes and soft curves. Dancing with the Nonhuman puts forward a counter-proposition to this mechanical charade that embraces the machinic and its aesthetic potential, beyond a humanlike veneer. The project develops a transdisciplinary, arts-based approach that explores the socio-cultural phenomenon of human-machine relationships as an aesthetics of performance. Bringing together creative robotics and choreography, this unique practice of performance-making harnesses dancers’ kinesthetic experience to probe into rigid subject-object boundaries, to mobilise and reimagine them.