TillerGirls - IERC

 

  SINGAPORE 2008 - 2009

THE TILLER GIRLS –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

By Louis-Philippe Demers

Armin Purkrabek, Phillip Schulze

Performers in the traditional performing arts such as music, dance and theatre are generally thought to have both technical skills and interpretive skills, where the latter skills are regarded as specific human skills. This piece walks along this thin line.

The Tiller Girls is a group of 12 small autonomous robots. These robots were developed in Artificial Intelligence for the study of gaits given minimal freedom of movements. The robots can only balance their torsos and shoulders but they can yet achieve a large variety of expressions and behaviors. Performers in the traditional performing arts such as music, dance and theatre are generally thought to have both technical skills and interpretive skills, where the latter skills are regarded as specific human skills.

Auslander highlights the ¨grey ¨ area between these with examples from the performing arts such as the practised routines of orchestral musicians, and the famous early 20th-century Tiller Girls synchronized chorus-line dance, in which human performers are called upon to exercise their technical skills but not their interpretive skills (p. 91). Auslander exposes indeterminacies in this binary thinking in the traditional performing arts. In contrast, Auslander draws upon performance theorist Michael Kirby´s notion of ¨nonmatrixed performing¨, in which a performer does not feign or present any role and is simply being himself or herself, carrying out tasks, to assert that robot performances can indeed be placed within the continuum of performance art.

Auslander discusses examples of performance art in which there is no difference in overall artistic intention whether tasks are carried out by human performer or robot performer, and where the actions of a human or a robot can be regarded equally as art performances (p. 98). Excerpt from Yuji Sone (2008).

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Tiller Girls danced at:

Soft Control, Maribor Slovenia 2012

Némo Festival, Paris France, October 2011

BELEF Festival, Belgrade Serbia July 2011

Elektra 12, Montreal Canada, May 2011

Winzavod Moscow, Russia April 2011

V2 Rotterdam, Rotterdam Holland Sep. 2011

Bains Numeriques 5, Bains France, June 2010

CyberLab 2010, St. Pölten, Austria March 2010

IERC, Singapore 2009

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TillerGirls - IERC

 

IERC –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre is a University Level Research Centre of the Nanyang Technological University. IERC is a new centre dedicated to creative cross-disiplinary collaborations between various university departments, as well as with government and industry partners.

Areas of focus - interactive fine art, entertainment robotics, augmented reality, animation, games, education/training, simulation.

IERC

Nanyang Technological University
School of Art, Design and Media
81 Nanyang Drive, Level 3, Singapore 637458

Assoc. Prof. Louis-Philippe Demers
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www.ntu.edu.sg/ierc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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