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About the Event
Sapient 2.021 is an experimental dance and visual art collaboration that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Czech play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek which introduced the word “robot” to the English language. Using Manibus, my custom-created, motion-controlled robot that paints, dancers will perform while wearing the control mechanism for the robot. Their movements signal Manibus to paint an abstract work of art. The real-time painting process will show the simultaneous and reflexive influence of the environment and the dancer upon each other. This performative exploration will prompt viewers to consider their own feelings about labor, control, empathy, and humanity.