Industrial robots are the actors in an Augsburg State Theater play, which viewers view from home as a 360-degree theater using video game glasses. The man and the machine dance on the stage of the virtual ballet.
Kuka’s “KR Iontec” is often used in industrial production for tasks equivalent to welding, palletizing or assembly. However, the robot is currently on loan to the Augsburg State Theater and interacts with seventeen dancers on stage. Staging’s approach focuses on the theme of human-machine interaction, associating graduated technical programming with human consciousness.
“Kinesphere” will be available in the Gregorian calendar month of October 2021. The work is featured in Augsburg State Theater video game productions as a groundbreaking ballet experience. In Germany, video game glasses are supplied to people’s homes. From the comfort of their own sofas, viewers will be immersed in the 360-degree performance.
Kuka industrial robots have already been used in cultural settings outside of production halls. The Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria) combines art, technology and society. The exhibition “Creative Robots”, organized in conjunction with KUKA, presented industrial mechanisms remote from industrial structures and treated them as tools of artistic expression.
During a festival in Dusseldorf in 2019, the creator danced with dancer Huang Yi as part of “KR Cybertech”. In Berlin, a Kuka robot portrayed an 80-meter roll of paper as part of an artwork, creating Hebrew characters at the speed of human writing.