Today is day two of our R&D on Sex With Robots by Nessah Muthy. It was a day of getting scenes on their feet and breathing some life into them. In doing so we also started to explore the physical language and vocal qualities of the characters both human and robotic.
The day started by myself, leading a warm up which involved literally prancing like show horses, leaping like gazelles, and of course saluting the sun (and the sun shone beautifully in the morning, though it snowed in the afternoon. More sun-saluting in the afternoon needed). We looked at mirroring one another, focusing on the pure mechanics of precise mirroring. This then developed as one person was given a word or emotion to explore through physical action whilst the partner continued to mirror, the partner was then asked if they could feel an emotion through the actions they were replicating and see if their feeling was right. Can you replicate movement? Can you replicate emotions or ideas? We also quickly found a physical sequence of a robotic archer and we intend to investigate repetitive automation through our "archers" tomorrow. Then we began to delve into the brilliant scenes, building on yesterday's open and playful approach to all the possibilities of the play by starting to make definite choices on characters and histories and current situations. In the first scene we played with, it quickly became very clear to me that we couldn't hold back. Playing a male robotic sex doll for a girl with a very particular fetish meant we hit the ground running and some bold and brave work was beginning to take shape. We later went on to explore the human conflict of technically forcing something to have sex with you despite them not being human. Or is still real? Throughout the day we continued to work our way through the scenes and battle with the moral side to having sex or control over a robot with the implications of ever expanding AI. Do we only feel morally abject when the AI is advanced enough to question the acts a human is putting it through?