SPRING Performing Arts Festival
16 - 25 May 2019

Performing Robots Conference

Organized by Transmission in Motion (Utrecht University) and SPRING Performing Arts Festival
Robots are increasingly present both in our daily life and on stage. Theatre makers explore the possibilities of these new technological performers and investigate the possibilities and implications of a future of living with them. Also in daily life, the presence and behavior of robots raises questions that concern their dramaturgy and design: how do social robots address their human co-performers and afford interaction with them? What scripts do they follow? How to design and choreograph their appearance and movements? 

This conference takes stock of interactions between theatre and robotics so far and looks at possibilities for future collaboration. What do the performing arts have to offer as inspiration, model, and test-case for the development of robots and for human-robot interaction? How might collaboration between the performing arts and robotics contribute to further development of social robots, as well as to critical understanding of what it will mean to be living with them?

Three days with more than 25 presentations and demonstrations. Keynote addresses by Peter Eckersall (CUNY), Maarten Lamers & Peter van der Putten (Leiden University), Petra Gemeinboeck (UNSW) & Rob Saunders (Falmouth University/University of Sydney), Kris Verdonck (A Twodogs Company) and Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll). 
Conference attendance is free but registration is required. 
For the full programme of the Performing Robots Conference click here.
To get the full Performing Robots experience, we recommend you attending the following performances: 
Uncanny Valley – Stefan Kaegi | Rimini Protokoll 
SOMETHING (out of nothing) – Kris Verdonck | ICK 
Uncanny Valley Girl – Angela Goh 
Happiness – Dries Verhoeven 
Tickets for these performances are not included in the conference ticket. These will need to be purchased separately.

Practical information
Thursday 23rd of May
Start: 16:00
End: 19:00
Location: Janskerkhof 2-3
Register here

Friday 24th & 25th of May
Start: 10:00
End: 17:00
Location: Het Huis Utrecht
Register here

On the 24th and 25th of May we give the option to purchase lunch when you register. If you purchase a lunch ticket we will provide you with a deliciously packed lunch on the day in Het Huis Utrecht. Please note that the lunch tickets will no longer be available for purchase 2 weeks prior to the Conference and it is not possible to purchase a lunch ticket on the day. However, there are supermarkets in walking distance to the venue. 

If you run into any registration issues, please email us with your question.


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