Thu, Jul 01 | Des Moines, Iowa

Sapient 2.021

Don't Sapient 2.021 is an experimental dance and visual art collaboration featuring Manibus 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.

Time & Location

Jul 01, 11:30 AM
Des Moines, Iowa

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.

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