ct 20(25): e5

Research Article

Robots on stage

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.18-12-2020.167657,
        author={Henning Christiansen and Anja M\`{u}lle Lindelof},
        title={Robots on stage},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies},
        volume={7},
        number={25},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={CT},
        year={2020},
        month={12},
        keywords={Robotperformance, HRI, robot theatre, performative gestalt},
        doi={10.4108/eai.18-12-2020.167657}
    }
    
  • Henning Christiansen
    Anja Mølle Lindelof
    Year: 2020
    Robots on stage
    CT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.18-12-2020.167657
Henning Christiansen1,*, Anja Mølle Lindelof2
  • 1: Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark
  • 2: Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark
*Contact email: henning@ruc.dk

Abstract

This article investigates the appearance of robots on stage in contemporary performance. As a convincing demonstration of the relevance of robots – as artefact, concept and metaphor – we take Blanca Li’s 2013 dance performance Robot! as our starting point. We have distilled five dimensions that provide vocabulary and terminology to characterise different instances of robots on stage with a focus on their expressive character. These dimensions are: Movements, Apparent level of Autonomy & Interaction, Appearance, Massification and Sound.