Artist in residency

Robot & performance

Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders

Machine Movement Lab

In advance of, and alongside the festival leading performance robotics artists Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders will be our artist in residence. They will create opportunities to examine our relationship with machines, exploring challenges relating to difference, otherness, affect and empathy. The act of slipping into someone/something else’s skin is key to creating altered, less antagonistic, relations with others. Games have often enabled players to inhabit persona that differ from themselves, The Machine movement lab will work with dancers and game designers at Falmouth University to explore robotic performers from within, with spectators’ slipping into new skins and learning to move with them.


Petra is an artist and academic, working across creative robotics, performance and feminist theory. Her practice explores our entanglements with machines and makes tangible the vulnerabilities and politics involved. She currently leads a creative research project that investigates the potential of movement, and dance in particular, for reimagining how machines look, learn and affect us. Her artworks have been exhibited internationally, including at the Ars Electronica Festival, International Triennial of New Media Art at NAMOC, Beijing, Centre des Arts Enghien at Paris, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, ICC Tokyo, and MCA Chicago.

 Workshops: Robot Movement Lab

Petra Gemeinboeck, artist and director of Machine Movement Lab
Rob Saunders, researcher and co-director of Machine Movement Lab
Sarah Levinsky, choreographer