The Performance of Creative Machines


Cybernetic and robotic agents have long played an instrumental role in the production of ‘machine creativity’ as a cultural discourse. This paper traces the cultural legacy of the performance of automata and discusses historical and contemporary works to explore machine creativity as a cultural, bodily practice. Creative machines are explored as performers, capable to expand the script they are given by their human creator and skillful in bidding for the audience’s attention.

Cultural Robotics: First International Workshop (CR 2015), IEEE RO-MAN 2015, Kobe, Japan, August 31, 2015