Putting the AI into entertainment

Published: 30 April 2014 at 08:54

Robothespian - a lifesize humanoid performance robot

Anglia Ruskin academic co-organises event to consider performers of the future

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On 2 March 2017, Anglia Ruskin’s Dr Gianna Bouchard co-organised a research event at the University of Wolverhampton themed around ‘Performing Robots’.

Gianna was acting in her capacity as a working group co-convenor for Performance and Science, part of the national research network, the Theatre and Performance Research Association.

The event involved a series of roundtable discussions with a group of theatre and performance scholars, exploring what it means for robots to ‘perform’.

Discussions ranged across recent performance work that includes robots, such as Robothespian (pictured), bio-hacking, science fiction novels, taxonomies of robots, and robotic animal agents such as drones and animatronics.

The event culminated in the participants joining the audience of the university’s Arena Theatre for a performance of Spillikin, a love story featuring a robot, created by Pipeline Theatre.