When dancers shared the stage with AI at FutureFantastic Competition

Natya-STEM Dance Kampni’s ‘Palimsest’ bridged the gap between dance and technology

Natya-STEM Dance Kampni’s ‘Palimsest’ bridged the hole between dance and expertise
| Picture Credit score: Hardik Turakhia

For these curious about synthetic intelligence, we dwell in thrilling instances. Whereas the thrill is ubiquitous, there’s additionally apprehension. AI is displaying indicators of heralding an enormous transformation within the functioning of society. It’s however inevitable that one encounters a large number of responses to the phenomenon. Together with AI, one other phenomenon that threatens important disruption of societal functioning is local weather change. These two domains, that aren’t sometimes positioned facet by facet, have been introduced collectively on the FutureFantastic competition, not too long ago organised on the Bangalore Worldwide Centre.

The competition featured performances, workshops, installations and dialogues geared at invoking and facilitating a collaborative, sustainable method to partaking with expertise and the atmosphere. Within the backdrop of this competition was the headlining present — Palimpsest. Introduced by dancer-choreographer Madhu Natraj’s Natya-STEM Dance Kampni, this was claimed to be a present the place AI/ expertise was a fellow performer, and never only a collaborator. It was undeniably a novel experiment that managed to push the envelope of collaborative potentialities between artwork and expertise.

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The 35-minute present with 4 items in complete, left a long-lasting impression with its smorgasbord of fantastically contrasting aural and visible parts. The present commenced with Madhu taking the stage for a set of introductory remarks. She was interrupted by the AI generated sutradhār-video bot, Kria, who took over to information the viewers by the remainder of the present, constructing the narrative and stitching the items collectively. Three different smaller screens supported Kria’s large display in the back of the stage because the ‘tech performers’ of the present.

AI generated video bot, Kria, used within the manufacturing

Choosing up from the theme of the competition itself, the primary piece expressed an nervousness induced by local weather change. An unsettling aesthetic was facilitated by temporal dissonances intelligently composed by nuanced rhythmic performs. The music and choreography featured attention-grabbing factors of synchronicity and asynchrony, successfully carrying throughout the convincing anguish of the dancers on stage with respect to the theme. Kria stepped away from the display in the course of the items, permitting the display to current complementing visuals for the dance.

‘Palimpsest’ also focused on the issue of climate change with appropriate projections on the screen in the background.

‘Palimpsest’ additionally targeted on the difficulty of local weather change with acceptable projections on the display within the background.
| Picture Credit score:
Hardik Turakhia

The juxtaposition of the actions on stage with the visuals on display facilitated an immersive expertise past that of only a dance efficiency. Kria would seem in between items to proceed constructing the narrative, and spotlight the significance of attending to the environment as people.

The second piece was about water. Whereas the aesthetic was light and flowing by a sleek circularity within the choreography, Kriya’s preface together with the AI-generated visuals on the screens in the course of the piece left a lingering sense of foreboding. We hear that future wars will likely be fought over water. If nothing else, this piece will definitely proceed to remind its viewers to be extra even handed and accountable of their utilization of water of their day by day lives, thus making the complete effort value it.

Constructing on this, the third piece addressed climate-induced displacement of individuals. This once more featured an attention-grabbing juxtaposition of a mellow melancholic tone over the devastation induced by an indignant personified nature. Utilizing a track borrowed from the Baul custom, the shift in language complemented once more by highly effective AI-generated visuals served as an efficient medium to inform the story. This piece noticed the addition of singer MD Pallavi as a human performer, together with the dancers and the screens. The abstraction of the dance actions complementing the track allowed the storytelling to concurrently categorical a personalised story whereas additionally portray a bigger image of the socio-economic ramifications of climate-induced displacement.

From ‘Palimpsest’

From ‘Palimpsest’
| Picture Credit score:
Hardik Turakhia

The ultimate piece was a Kannada track of rejuvenation sung by Pallavi. Encouraging the viewers to take part and be part of the artises on stage, this piece dissolved the obstacles between the stage and corridor. Like how the obstacles between the artiste and expertise have been dissolved, this piece bolstered the need of working collectively to deal with the challenges at hand.

The lighting design by Suryanarayana Rao and Keerthi Kumar was beautiful. Although designed by people, this can be a manifestation of expertise as a performer that we already see ceaselessly. What was attention-grabbing to notice was that the sutradhār herself was a pre-recorded video. One would possibly then marvel if Kria may actually be thought of a performer. And in that case, shouldn’t the utilization of video projection anyplace qualify as that includes expertise as a performer?

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A human artiste even presenting a chunk composed by another person nonetheless qualifies as a performer. What would it not take for a non-human entity to attain the identical qualification? Particularly when the content material was generated by the non-human entity itself. When ChatGPT generates a fantastic poem or DALL-E a fantastic picture, to what extent does one credit score the programme itself over the people who created the programmes? Although there might by no means be a conclusive reply to such inquiries, it definitely can result in attention-grabbing insights and discoveries even in regards to the human situation. Whereas one engages with any artwork for the content material of what it affords, one other motivating issue is to easily witness the end result of human effort. Thus differentiating the affect of, as an example, streaming an album at home-versus-witnessing the band play dwell.

The AI partnership right here added extra dimensions to the expertise of the identical. A palimpsest by and thru. Regardless of legitimate issues about AI taking on jobs in numerous sectors, there’s additionally the promise of it collaboratively spawning newer alternatives of productiveness. The FutureFantastic competition, offered by Be Incredible and FutureEverything (UK) explored this very collaborative potential by this efficiency and all its different choices.

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