'discrete figures' Dance+Tech Show- Rhizomatiks x ELEVENPLAY


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    Gray Area Art + Technology


Celebrating Gray Area’s 10 year anniversary programming art & technology in San Francisco, we invite you to join us in supporting our largest production in the Grand Theater to date co-presented by Heron Arts, Japan Foundation and tickets available exclusively on Up All Night.

Presenting the United States Premiere of ‘discrete figures’ a new dance technology performance by artist Daito Manabe’s Rhizomatiks Research and Choreographer MIKIKO's ELEVENPLAY, in collaboration with media artist Kyle McDonald.

Inspired by Alan Turing, their newest performance marries choreography for five dancers with machine learning technology and a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones, virtual dancers and other objects.

An expansive multidisciplinary collaboration between mathematicians, dancers, media artists, composers, and engineers, this complex experimental augmented reality performance is truly the first of its kind. This newest dance performance probes the circuitry connecting the corporeal to the cognitive, questioning the very essence of humanity and machine.

Alan Turing is often called the father of modern computing. He was a brilliant mathematician and logician. He developed the idea of the modern computer and artificial intelligence

Turing thus gave birth to one physical incarnation of mathematics. His creations are the embodiment of the act of performing mathematics. Although his contemporaries would see a sharp delineation between human and machine, in his eyes, his progeny did not constitute a distant “other”. Rather, he was the father of a “living machine.”

How might mathematics manifest itself as physical expression? What binds human cognition and philosophy to a human being’s body? How might this connection dissolve or transform in time?

The full-length show follows the emergence of mathematics in relationship to the human body, exploring perception and our physical modes of expression through a complex set of emerging technologies.



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