Little Magic Box of Harmony

2018

The key words of our creation are femininity, robots, objectification of the human body, sex as a service, the predictable trend and the ethic of sex robots, body as sexual commodity. The human body is inseparable from personality and can not be objectified, argues Kathleen Richardson in her statement on sex robots in 2017. Is it still possible that sexrobots will soon be so popular that they can even replace human relationships? Will the questions like making love with a humanoid android is a cheat, or can a person lose virginity with a robot be soon actual? Harmony herself is the first life-sized sex robot that can react, talk, remember your personal data, show emotions with her humanlike moving face, created in the Californian RealDoll company. There is one thing she cannot do so far: walking.

In my research I experiment with the movement material of vogue dance with exaggerated feminine movements, with movement characteristics of traditional fertility dances, and humanoid robot movements and behaviour, taking into consideration the current state of their „brain”, their AI. In cooperation with the visual artist Kristóf Szabó we create „little magic box of harmony”, where passerby can choose what they want the dancers to do, what they want to see from them. The performers move forward and disappear, like products on a conveyor belt. Their choreographed actions and the projection from two sides creates a living choreographed installation giving the audience the possibility of free choice but not the possibility of total ignorance. We research human needs and wants, stereotypes of femininity and their origins. We play with creation of illusions and real human feelings. For safety reasons and organization, the game is led by a genderneutral ringmaster.

The portable performative installation is placed site-adaptively, our goal is to reach different social groups and activate them for communication on the topic. For this reason after the performance we propose an open discussion with the receivers.

Performers, co-creators: Flóra Eszter Sarlós, Emese Kovács, Gergő Lukács
Concept, choreography: Emese Kovács
Visuals: Kristóf Szabó - Kristoflab
Sound: Tibor Nagy Grosso
Supporters: Pro Progressione, L1 Association, Workshop Foundation, SÍN Culture Center, Nástupište 1-12 (SK), VUNU (SK)