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Like a Person – Humanoid Robots in Performance

By Dr Elena Knox

September 21, 2017

Tokyo-based performance and media artist Dr Elena Knox presents a discussion on the creative and cultural interpretations of humanoid robots in Japan and other nations. Viewing select scenes from robots’ screen performances, her talk will consider ideas about immortality, jobs, appearances, computation, and the ‘life’ of the robots who will resemble us.

Part of our Human Meets Robot talk event series, running from September 21 to November 2, 2017.

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ABOUT ELENA KNOX

Dr Elena Knox is a media and performance artist. Currently a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) research fellow in Intermedia Art and Science at Waseda University, Tokyo, she gained her PhD from UNSW Art & Design, researching performativity in gynoid robots and presenting her findings in the solo show “Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”. Knox is an affiliate of the Creative Robotics Lab at Australia’s National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), and co-directs production house Lull Studios.

Dr Knox’s artworks are presented in premiere venues internationally. Most recently her works involving robots have featured in the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) Hong Kong, Wuhan Art Village and K11 Art Mall China, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Cairo Video Festival, Pisa Robot Film Festival, and Blue Magpie Film Series Taiwan. In 2017–18, Knox will complete commissions including: a work on robots and AI for Goethe-Institut Seoul and Beijing; an interactive multi-sensory environment for The Big Anxiety Festival, Sydney; public art experiments with humanoids in Japan’s Miraikan; and robot wearables for Robot Love, The Netherlands.

Images: Video stills from Actroid Series I (2014) by Dr Elena Knox, including the works “Pathetic Fallacy”, “Occupation”, “Comfortable and Alive” and “Radical Hospitality”.

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TALK DETAILS

6:30pm-7:30pm (doors open 6pm)

VENUE
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

ADMISSION
Free. Bookings essential.

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Header image: Video still from the work “Occupation”, part of Actroid Series I (2014) by Dr Elena Knox, featuring Geminoid-F, android from Osaka University’s Ishiguro Lab.

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