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Ideal Mechanization: Exploring the Machine Metaphor through Theory and Performance

Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 61801, USA
Received: 4 January 2019 / Revised: 26 April 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 23 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Machine as Artist (for the 21st Century))
Models of machines, including the increasingly miniaturized, digitally controlled machines of modern computers, inform models of human and animal behavior. What are the impacts of this exchange? This paper builds on theoretical discussion to produce an artistic exploration around this idea. The paper uses known limits on computation, previously proved by Turing, to model the process of mechanization, machines interacting with an environment. This idea was used to inform a live performance that leveraged a theatrical setting emulating an ideal mechanization machine, audience participation with their bodies as well as their personal cell phones, and readings of academic papers, which is also presented. The results of this work is a shared exploration of when human experience fits machine-based metaphors and, when it does not, highlighting distinct strengths and questioning how to measure the capacities of natural and artificial behavior.
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Keywords: interactive performance; robotics; human motion; Turing Machines interactive performance; robotics; human motion; Turing Machines
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LaViers, A. Ideal Mechanization: Exploring the Machine Metaphor through Theory and Performance. Arts 2019, 8, 67. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8020067

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LaViers A. Ideal Mechanization: Exploring the Machine Metaphor through Theory and Performance. Arts. 2019; 8(2):67. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8020067

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LaViers, Amy. 2019. "Ideal Mechanization: Exploring the Machine Metaphor through Theory and Performance" Arts 8, no. 2: 67. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8020067

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