How Artificial Intelligence Can Shape Choreography: The Significance of Techno-Performance

Shuntaro Yoshida, Natsumi Fukasawa


Recent choreographic works using artificial intelligence (AI) have focused on the motions designed by AI based on vast amounts of data about human bodily movements. However, complications arise when the emphasis shifts to the technological determinism that manifests in creative processes mutually produced by AI and choreographers or dancers because the value system of AI engineers diverges from that of the choreographers or dancers who use AI. Emphasising the creative process may clash with the aspirations AI engineers have for the new technology.

With these concerns in mind, this essay aims to clarify the creative process shared by the AI engineers and the choreographers, dancers and techno-performances who use the technology. This study illuminates the development of “Beethoven Complex” (2020), an AI Beethoven program featuring a choreographic performance that utilises an AI-driven automatic music composition system.

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