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Dancing with Drones: How Machines May Play a Part in the Future of Art

In a new dance routine, Japanese dance troupe ElevenPlay explores the relationship between the body and technology by dancing with drones programmed by designer Daito Manabe.

What’s the Latest?

Last month, Japanese dance troupe ElevenPlay performed a captivating routine incorporating technology you don’t often find in the fine arts world: drones. Designed by Daito Manabe, an artist who specializes in tech/body fusions, the drones were programmed to track the dancers’ movements and move alone with them. The routine is augmented by a dazzling audio/visual presentation. 

What’s the Big Idea?

So much can be interpreted from this presentation. On one hand, we can think of what the performance means from an interpretive viewpoint. Is the message here that art and technology are in collaboration with each other? Or contention? Does the dance represent a balance of power between man and machine? Who is in control of what (or whom) and when?

The other element we can focus on is what the performance means from a broader artistic standpoint. What roles can such machines play in the future of art? What are the limitations of machines in emulating humans? Could the roles of dancers be automated come the advent of more advanced technology?

What do you think?

Read more at Policy Mic

Also, check out Daito Manabe’s description of the project on the Youtube page under ABOUT.

Photo credit: Piotr Debowski/Shutterstock


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