Bill T. Jones Dances With Artificial Intelligence at the Google Creative Lab: Body, Movement, Language

“Body, Movement, Language: AI Sketches with Bill T. Jones”

Interesting project focused on Bill T. Jones working with artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Hate to quibble with a master but his opening statement brings up a big topic of discussion across the various art fields exploring artificial intelligence. He says his collaborator is a machine that doesn’t know what a “dancing human” is. But his collaborators are actually the various humans, creative technologists at the Google Creative Lab, operating the machine which is really not a machine. It’s PoseNet and a bunch of equipment that is facilitating the work of humans.

AI may progress to the point where we can consider it a collaboration. But, right now, we simply have some tools that do unexpected things and are most interesting to use when they help us produce art that has a very different vision from what humans typically produce. At the moment, I think the most interesting work is being done in visual arts with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). You can google that topic if you’re interested in knowing more!

“I Learn Machine Learning – PoseNet Demo”

For a different take on working with PoseNet, the above video is pretty fun. It’s a response to Drake’s #InMyFeelingsChallenge. And you can see their final product.

Here’s more on the project featuring Bill T. Jones working with a team using PoseNet.

And here’s more from Maya Man, a creative technologist at the Google Creative Lab and one of the human collaborators who helped make the Bill T. Jones’ “Body, Movement, Language” project possible.

Finally, an interview with Google Creative Lab co-founder Robert Wong.

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a BFA and MA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD in Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University. In addition to staging his own works, Clyde performed with NC's New Performing Dance Company and San Francisco's The High Risk Group. Clyde returned to performing in 2015 with an improvisational project called Working Sessions.

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