Acrobotics (2022)

Daniel Simu
Sponsor: V2_Lab, Host: V2_Lab

A circus artist is forced to turn into an engineer when he meets his new acrobatic partner: a robot. Together they explore what happens when a robot physically relies on a human partner to execute its moves. In between mechanical design and performance, Acrobotics is a first attempt at a robot-inclusive circus act.

The somewhat humanoid robotic figure, built out of car parts stuffed into a storefront mannequin, is the result of two months of intensive construction and research. It is a delicate experiment in mechanical design and electronics. Although Simu often builds props for his various circus performances, he has never before made them come alive like this. The show will trigger you to consider what it means to be a performer. Are tricks still tricks if they are performed by a computer-controlled mechanism.

This project was developed during a residency as part of a Summer Sessions residency at V2_.