KCCN Screens Korea’s First Artificial Intelligence Dance Performance

July 29, 2020
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The Korean Cultural Centre of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea would be screening its first Korea’s artificial intelligence dance performance through an online streaming (https: www.youtube.com/c/KCCNigeria) on July 29th 2020 by 3pm and August 1st 2020 by 1pm respectively.

According to the cultural centre, viewers can actively participate by dropping comments on the thread during the event.

The National Contemporary Dance Company of Korea premiered its new work titled “Beyond Black” in June this year. The show is an Artificial intelligence (AI) dance performance by “Madi”.

In Nigeria, it will be available on the YouTube channel of Korean Cultural Centre from July 29th and August 1st.

“Beyond Black” was originally scheduled for the “Spring Festival” at the Seoul Arts Center from April 17-19, but it was postponed in the aftermath of COVID-19. Since then, the show, which was filmed without audience between June 10 and 13, has been edited in such a way to optimize video screening.

“Beyond Black” is a new work in 2020 by choreographer Shin Chang-ho, who has been steadily exploring the relationship between humans and technology. In this work, he experimented with the new possibilities of choreography using artificial intelligence and achieved visible results. The performance features movements choreographed by artificial intelligence, and you can also see dances performed by artificial intelligence. “Madi”, the first “dancing artificial intelligence” to be borne in Korea, has learned the motion data of eight dancers and devised the choreography.

“Madi” which literally means joint – a human part where bones meet – buttresses the meaning of “connections” between humans and artificial intelligence. Media art group Slitscope developed this artificial intelligence in collaboration with choreographer Shin Chang-ho. The choreography of “Madi” required a process of data-learning achieved by learning the movements of eight dancers. It is a method of filming a dancer in front of Chroma Key, extracting and entering movements.

Artificial intelligence performance was choreographed using algorithms that code the entered information into dots and lines to simplify it and rearrange it in a unique way. By learning for 256 minutes, Madi’s movement was created for nearly 1,000 minutes, and as the amount of learning increased, the movement became more sophisticated, allowing the high-quality choreography to be applied to “Beyond Black”.

The choreography of “Madi” in Beyond Black is reproduced through the body movements of dancers, and you can meet the reality of “dancing artificial intelligence” in person through the way images are projected on LED panels.

The cast of Beyond Black is made up of young dancers in their 20s. This work involved entering dancers’ movements into data as well as artificial intelligence learning of choreography, which required creativity and affinity with technology.

Significance of the event

This is the first ever Korean AI dance performance and the first dance performance that the centre is streaming on its online channels since the COVID-19 outbreak. The show is an all new kind of performance it’s believed their Nigerian audience can enjoy it and be entertained.

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