Moves Like Moon Watcher: A Discussion with Dan Richter
Friday, October 9, 2:00-2:45pm
This on-line event is the first in the series AI as Foil: Exploring the Co-evolution of Art and Technology curated by Natalie Klym.
The pioneering AI movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, brought us one of the most iconic (and brutal) opening scenes in the history of film, The Dawn of Man. This classic cinematic moment features the ape-man, Moon Watcher, transforming the bone of a dead animal into a weapon, sealing the fate of humankind. Made long before CGI was available, director Stanley Kubrick relied on the skills of professional mime, Dan Richter to perform this scene and train the other actors re the nuances of ape movements. Dan—the man inside the ape suit—will join us remotely from California in conversation with new CDTPS Faculty member Douglas Eacho to discuss this unique experience. Through this discussion we will explore the current and future opportunities for AI to play a role in the acting process, as well as new roles for actors, including those that extend outside the arts.