Lecture by Dr. Karen Shimakawa
“Bodies, Affects, and Algorithms: AI and the Challenge of Live Performance”


The B’AI Global Forum will hold a talk by Dr. Karen Shimakawa entitled “Bodies, Affects, and Algorithms: AI and the Challenge of Live Performance” on January 10th, 2024.
The details are as follows.


◇Date & Venue

・Date: January 10, 2024 (Wed.), 5:00 pm ~6:30 pm (JST)
・Format: On-site only
・Venue:Room 327, Faculty of Science Bldg.3 (The University of Tokyo, Asano Campus)
・Language: English
・How to register:Please register below by 8 January (Mon).


Karen Shimakawa (Associate Professor, Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts and Affiliated Faculty, School of Law, New York University)

Karen Shimakawa researches and teaches performance, performance theory, critical race theory, and Asian American culture, law, and history.  She is the author of National Abjection: The Asian American Body Onstage (Duke University Press) and co-editor with Kandice Chuh of Disorientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (Duke University Press), and articles on Asian American theater, performance, and culture.  Her current project (which will include the work of several Japanese performance artists) focuses on performance studies research methods and (or as) encountering discomfort.


One of the characteristics of live performance is its unpredictability — the possibility for surprising, unintended outcomes and non-quantifiable elements (affects, or what performers often refer to as “energy” or “presence”).  Performers (especially “experimental” artists) often seek to express feelings, ideas, and bodily sensations that are difficult to articulate or align with existing “data.”  This paper is the beginning of an investigation into the ways live performance uses, and sometimes escapes capture by, AI.  How are body-based artists critiquing, engaging with, and exploring the potential of these new technologies?


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