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Limit(less) - pilot project

Limit(less) - pilot is a scenario where Karolina Bieszczad-Stie explores human-robot interaction (HRI) in collaboration with Mathias Hauan Arbo from NTNU and Butoh dancer Azumaru. She is interested in co-located interactions (dancer-robotic arm-choreographer) and remote interactions (choreographer-programmer-robotic arm).

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Together with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics they run a series of practical experiments of the information flow: visuals cues of the dancer’s movement translated into visual gestures of the robot; programming of the robot based on human dancer's motions; dancer’s choreography based on extended mobile possibilities of the robot; butoh-fu - creating impossible images for the dancer to explore in the embodied relation to the robot; exploration of the physical contact - tuning in, moving against each other, teaching/learning of each other.


Through this practice, Karolina, Mathias, dancer Azumaru and iiwa robot examine the limits and crossing the limits of mechanics and body programs, possibilities of developing future kinaesthetic empathy as well as non-classical psychological responses to the robot, and dancer’s interaction with autonomous systems in relation to the human locus of control. 


The pilot project was further developed into a full scale production in 2022. 

Director & choreographer: Karolina Bieszczad-Stie

Dancer: Azumaru, iiwa (Kuka)

Programmer: Mathias H. Arbo

Collaborator: Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU and KUKA  

April - September 2021

Oslo/Trondheim, Norway

Funded by:


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