Workshop and Performance at the Dana Centre in November

If a robot is programmed to draw a portrait is that art?


These are some of the questions we will be investigating in Algo-rhythms a workshop at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre on the evening of November 14th.


In it, we will be looking at whether we rate automated art differently than art that we know was produced by a human being.


Participants will choose from a range of creative tasks to come up with a drawing, a dance or a sound-scape – or a combination of these – which we will then share, asking ourselves if we can spot the difference between what was created from a set of automated rules and what was constructed freely from a human perspective.


We will talk a bit about the different automated and creative strategies we used to create our dance Meeting Place and then we will perform it.

This event is free but has to be booked in advance. Click here to book.

We hope to see you there!


Upcoming projects

We’re really excited about some performances and workshops we’ve got coming up, starting with Space is the Place, a movement workshop we’re running at University College London. In the autumn we’re doing a workshop and performance at The Science Museum’s Dana Centre  as part of their season on Artificial Intelligence, and we’re also lucky enough to be performing at Chisenhale Dance Space in a night curated by Agony Art.

More news to follow but on the subject of Artificial Intelligence take a look at this: is this really dancing?

New Scientist coverage

Meeting Place was covered by Culture Lab, the section of New Scientist where ‘books, art and science collide’.

“(…) As the duo danced, they gradually deviated from the formula, letting the algorithm descend into chaos before building it back up again. Surprisingly, the dance looked unrehearsed and nearly improvised, as if it evolved naturally on stage. Even though their movements were largely predetermined and their faces carefully kept blank, the dancers often looked like they were responding to each other and having a conversation. The audience was left with a sense that, no matter how automated, dance is still a human endeavour.”

Lisa Grossman (New Scientist)