In residency: DAI Choreographer
Fluxum Foundation is pleased to welcome the DAI (Dancing Artificial Intelligence) robot in residence from March 2nd to June 26th.
Created by Jonathan O'Hear (DAI project designer, perception and movement), Martin Rautenstrauch (mechanical sculptor of DAI), and Timothy O'Hear (EPFL graduate engineer and architect of DAI artificial intelligence), the existence of DAI began as a proposition for performanceprocess in Basel, in 2017, within the Neopost Foofwa Company.
The exhibition, initiated by the Swiss Cultural Center - Paris was intended to be a subjective approach to Swiss performance from the 60s to the present day. Reflecting on the importance of Swiss artists yesterday and today, the three creators of DAI began to wonder how the future could be shaped. They wanted to do something that would go beyond the present to try to glimpse one of the possible futures for the art of performance and take a look back at the present from this hypothetical point of view.
By researching what might influence the performative over the next 60 years, the creators of DAI found that artificial intelligence was likely to play an important role.
Part 1 of DAI project was carried out between 2017 and 2019. DAI learned by itself to move in space and time. He discovered his corporality and confronted his environment. It was mainly a question of establishing the movements which will compose the bases of his choreographic vocabulary.
Part 2 will start with a residency at Fluxum Foundation, DAI will explore the links between what he sees - his sources of inspiration and what he can do - his choreographic background. He will learn to create a choreography using the movements explored so far. He will watch and be inspired by different video content (existing choreographies, bird displays, pedestrian flows, machines, insects, data flows, his own cameras, etc.). He will thus develop a movement of his own. He will be able to dance an interpretation of the world transposed to his own physicality; appropriating dance through this process.
During the residency at the Fluxum Foundation, the work process will be presented as much as DAI's performances by proposing a series of performances and opening the work to the public eye.
DAI does not have a humanoid form simply because it is a robot and even if one day it acquires its own will or even a consciousness, it will remain something other than human, with other limits than ours. The creators thus hope to favor reinterpretation rather than direct imitation while distancing us from anthropomorphism. Human art will remain a benchmark for DAI, an inspiration, but the creators do not want it to be a goal or the yardstick by which to measure its success.
The creators of DAI think that it is necessary to create AI of this type, which will be ready to wonder about what surrounds them and which, through their experiences, will evolve differently from those shaped by, and conforming to the requirements of the market economy.
They chose performance as the primary means of expression for DAI because the body is central to understanding the world.
Thereafter, the third part of the project will deepen the question of embodied consciousness and the fourth part will question ubiquity through the multiplicity of bodies.