A screening of ‘Ex Machina’ (2014), followed by a panel discussion. Find out what went into creating a humanoid robot with the film’s choreographer, Arthur Pita, actress Sonoya Mizuno (‘Ex Machina’, ‘Devs’ and ‘House of Dragon’) and Dr Meindert Peters whose research explores the intersections of dance, literature, and current theories of embodied cognition. Chaired by TORCH Director, Professor Wes Williams.
5.30pm, Doors open
6pm, Film screening
7.50pm, Panel discussion
8.30pm, End of event
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This event is part of the Artful Intelligence Season and is brought to you by the the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.
Arthur Pita is an award winning choreographer/director. He is portuguese and was born in South Africa. He studied at the Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Drama and Music school. He came to London in 1991 where he trained further at London Contemporary Dance School, gaining a masters degree.
He worked as a freelance professional dancer, then joined Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures performing in ensemble and lead roles internationally. In 2003 Arthur pursued his career as a choreographer.
Sonoya Mizuno is a Japanese-British actress, model, and ballet dancer. Mizuno starred in the miniseries Maniac and the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, and appeared in all the works directed by Alex Garland, such as the films Ex Machina, Annihilation, and Men, and his miniseries Devs.
Dr Meindert Peters is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Junior Research Fellow at New College, both at the University of Oxford. His work explores human animation at the crossroads of literature, philosophy, and dance. His first book-length project explored the question of how we can adapt to new situations by bringing German Modernist literature and thought in conversation with contemporary theories of embodied cognition. His current project explores dance adaptations of European Modernist literature to think about how the body reads the text. Meindert is a former professional ballet dancer.
Chaired by Wes Williams
Wes Williams is the Director of TORCH, Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford, and also a Fellow in Modern Languages at St Edmund Hall.
His main research interests are in the field of Renaissance studies; the critical study of genre and subjectivity; and the intersection of theory and practice in the literary, political, religious, and professional cultures of the early modern period. He also works on contemporary theory and film.