August 16, 2015

Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point

One of DeepBlues Largest collaborations to date was the 2015 Robotronica Finale: DeepBlue and the Perff bots. This show involved over 100 creatives to design, present and perform in this epic collaboration which premiered for over 20,000 at QUT's Robotronica 2015

The closing performance for Robotronica featured a plethora of talent including the human orchestra DeepBlue and over 40 jumping, rolling, swinging, clapping, lit up and transforming robots designed by students of Queensland University of Technology (QUT)! This ground-breaking art and sciences collaboration between QUT's Faculties of Science & Engineering and Creative Industries was developed over a year with a behemoth of Brisbane’s emerging producers, musicians, dancers, composers, animators, designers, technicians and robots! The performance tells a fantasy story of the evolution of humans and their machines and was co-directed by Andy Arthurs, Jonathan Roberts and Jared Donovan.Comedian and circus star Marianna Joslin also starred in the production, taking to the trapeze in partnership with one of the robots dubbed "Acro-bot", and challenging the narrative and evolution of what is human and what is machine within our interactions with one another.

Check out this ABC article about the show.


QUT Creative Industries: Dance, Technical production, Music, Interactive Visual Design, Fashion, Animation, CI Projects; QUT Design Lab (J-Block); QUT Science and Engineering; QUT Precincts; ARC Centre for Robotic Vision; QUT Robotics Club; Peter Corke (ARC Centre, Robotic Vision); Gene Moyle and DANscienCE; Zoe davis, James See and Josh Tuck (Music tech); George Meijer in Technical Production; Darren Clark; Rigger: Helen Clifford; DeepBlue Interns: Antonia Mobbs, Kacey Radke; QUT Students & Interns: Anjali Jaiprakesh, Petra Knapp(Cal Poly), Heath Kund, Eunice Lee, Deanne Bake, Hazel Yau; Interactive Visual Design Students: Michel Erler, Michelle Jones, Yu Ka, Sarah O'Halloran


Co-directors: Andy Arthurs, Jonathan Roberts, Jared Donovan

DeepBlue Performers: Marianna Joslin - Circus, Allan Bremner (e-mu), Zinia Chan (keys), Jenny Dalsino (violin), Sofia Di Stefano (violin), Richard Grantham (viola/in), Emma Hales (cello), Zander Hulme (all sorts and theremini), Frances Hyu (violin), Wayne Jennings (cello), Greta Kelly (violin), John Meyer (guitar), Evan Setiawan (violin), Hik Sugimoto (v-drums), Amanda Tio (double bass), Liz Young (violin)

Jazel Singers: Alex Van Den Broek, Maddy Rossetto, Charity Soo Choon, Kate Missingham

Dancers: Gabrielle Carter, Madeleine De Grandi, Elizabeth Ferguson, Greta Gilby, Meghan King, Rebecca Murray

Robot Performers: Callum Hays (Roberto), David Hedger (master controller), Astrid Jonelynas (robot controller), John Board (robot controller), Jessica loughnan (robot controller), Krishan Rana (robot controller), Igor Ivan Gaudeda (robot controller), Lachlan Robinson (robot controller), Dimity Miller (robot controller), Georgina Hines (robot controller), Aubrey Chou (robot controller)

Design Robot Costumes: Dean Brough; DeepBlue Costumes: Deanna Connelly & Kayne Hunnam; Choreographers: Keith Hawley, DeepBlue, Fiona Cullen; Animation: Chris Carter, Paul Van Opdenbosch, Steven Mohr, Joel Bennett; Visuals: Jared Donovan (Future Dream & More than Molecules), Sarah Petrasiunas (Industrial Revolution & Alien)

Robots: Jonathan Roberts (Workerbots, Akrobot, Stella, Skippy), Jared Donovan (Amaebots, Applausebots), Matthew Dunbabin (DIffbots, Akrobot), Ray Russell (robot engineering and construction), Susan Russell (robot construction), Shawn Perkins (robot construction), Brad Dranko (robot construction), Dean Brough (Workerbots, Appendagebots), Gavin Suddrey (Nao dance), Tom Bryant (Skippy), Riki Lamont (Akrobot), Min Zhen, Chai (Stella), Catherine Séguin (Stella), Chris Dirkis (QUT Robotics Club project manager), Rohan Smith (electronics and programming), David Hedger (electronics and programming), David Jakes (programming), Georgina Hine (electronics and construction), Filippo Capurso (electronics and construction), Ben Graham (electronics and construction); Robot Wranglers: Ben Graham, Filippo Capurso, Miles College

Production Video: Sarah Petrasiunas; Production Manager: Scott Mullane; Lighting director: Ash Neuendorf; FOH Audio Operator: Richard Holliman; Monitor Operator: Andy Griffiths; Stage Manager: Carli Griffin; IT Specialist: Murray King; Camera ops: Caitlin Hultgren, David Gillette, Jennifer Gibson, Eunice Lee, Hazel Yau, Kayne Hunnam; Sound Production and Pre-Production: Kayne Hunnam, Andy Arthurs, Dane Alexander, Josh Tuck, James See; Audio Interns: Josh Coxon, Rhys Tyack, Stewart Whitely, Jamie Petterson

Creative Development: Andy Arthurs, Sophie Loades, Marianna Joslin, Richard Grantham, Evan Setiawan, Deanna Connelly, Kayne Hunnam; Performance Workshop: Friedrich Kirchner


Future Dream - Dane Alexander (DeepBlue)
Signs - Dane Alexander (DeepBlue)
Perpetuum Mobile - Simon Jeffes
Big Bounce - Phill Wilson (DeepBlue)
Industrial Revolution - Andy Arthurs/Philip Chambon (DeepBlue)
Alien (abridged) - Dane Alexander (DeepBlue)
Unfolding - Richard Grantham (DeepBlue)
Yagor - Zinia Chan (DeepBlue)
More than Molecules Andy Arthurs/Philip Chambon (DeepBlue) Arr Zanda Hulme
Skintight - Andy Arthurs/Philip Chambon (DeepBlue)
Heroes (David Bowie) Arr Zander Hulme

Photography by: Erica Fish, QUT

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