smART! XTRA // AUGMENTED BODY @ Brain Bar Budapest 2016

Free admission
The smART! XTRA Lab’s main idea is to bring together art, science and technology demonstrate how (can) they walk hand in hand along the topics of Augmented Body - Augmented Reality - Artificial Intelligence. We aim to present these concepts one by one, introduce the hidden possibilities of the augmented world and analyze the subject of artificial intelligence and robotics from an ethical point of view.

>>  Valencia James (BB) – Alexander Berman (SE) – XORXOR (HU): AI_am - Dancing with an Artificial Intelligence

In the frame of Trafó House of Contemporary Arts’ smART! XTRA interactive presentation series the evening starts with an experimental dance performance of Barbadian artist, Valencia James. Founded in 2013, the AI_am project brings together experts from the fields of dance, cognitive science, graphics and coding. The project is an ongoing process towards creating an improvised duet between a virtual and a human dancer. The avatar, projected on stage, observes and learns the movements of the dancer and extends them with its own variations. Throughout the interaction, the distinction between “teacher” and “student” gradually blurs, as the human dancer begins to find inspiration in the avatar’s novel movements. The achievements were presented in Göteborg, Buenos Aires and Vancouver.

Research, choreography and performance: Valencia JAMES
Concept and research: Botond BOGNÁR
AI research and development: Alexander BERMAN
Creative coding, rendering: Gábor PAPP
Motion capture, rendering, architectural design: Gáspár HAJDU

>> Public discussion >> Kinetic Dialogues >> Interactive art installation

Valencia’s performance is followed by a short post show talk about main questions of relations between humans and robotics, possibilities and legal rules of using Artificial Intelligence in different contexts.  After the fixed sections of the night, the audience is warmly welcome to try out the Kinetic Dialogues installation, where you can have your own duet with the virtual dancer, then scan and discover through their own mobile phones the empty space.

Creative concept

Andrea KOVÁCS // cultural program manager; editor of Trafó House of Contemporary Arts’ smART! XTRA series, founder of Let it Be! art agency that develops new interdisciplinary forms of co-operation between different areas of art, technology and creative industries.

ETENTUK Udeme // software developer; Co- Founder & Digital Strategist of Artlocator, Co-Founder & Digital Strategist of smARt est.2015.

KUZMA Orsi // marketing communication specialist; PR & Cultural Program Manager @ Tesla Budapest, Co-Founder & PR Manager of smARt est. 2015.

Photo: Hajdu Gáspár / AI_am
Box Office opening hours:
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  • studio and club performance days: 5 pm - 8:30 pm
  • other days: 5pm - 8 pm
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