Rhizomatiks Research x ELEVENPLAY

discrete figures


Rhizomatiks Research and ELEVENPLAY collaborate with Kyle McDonald for their newest work. This engaging dance performance follows the emergence of mathematics in relationship to the human body, exploring perception and our physical modes of expression through a complex set of emerging technologies. “discrete figures” incorporates drones, motion capture for sensing the dancers, and augmented reality for providing a peek into the computational abstractions behind the performance. Drones act as an extension of the body, motion capture feeds a machine learning acting as an extension of human perception and action.

Starting with the origins of math in counting on bodies, we follow its history through to present day. Inspiration is drawn from Alan Turing, who applied mathematics to explore the disembodiment of the brain from a corporeal host. In a sense, Turing went so far as to expand the concept of the body into an external, non-corporeal realm. Turing saw the mechanical bodies of computers as an extension of his own flesh.

Turing thus gave birth to one physical incarnation of mathematics. His creations are the embodiment of the act of performing mathematics. Although his contemporaries would see a sharp delineation between human and machine, in his eyes, his progeny did not constitute a distant “other”. Rather, he was the father of a “living machine.”

How might mathematics manifest itself as physical expression? What binds human cognition and philosophy to a human being's body? How might this connection dissolve or transform in time?

An expansive multidisciplinary collaboration between mathematicians, dancers, media artists, composers, and engineers, this complex experimental performance is truly the first of its kind. This newest dance performance probes the circuitry connecting the corporeal to the cognitive, questioning the very essence of humanity and machine.


+ Montreal (MUTEK_IMG)

Date: April 13, 2018 _ 20:00 - 21:00
Venue: Monument-National (1182, boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2S5 )
The project is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.
MUTEK website: http://mutek.org/en/img/2018/events/1468-rhizomatiks-research-x-elevenplay-discrete-figures
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470100479765523/
Ticket: https://monumentnational.tuxedobillet.com/Salle%20Ludger-Duvernay/mutek_img-2018

+ San Francisco (Gray Area)

Date: April 19, 2018 _ 20:00 - *Sold Out
Date: April 20, 2018 _ 20:00 -
Venue: Gray Area / Grand Theater (2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States)
Gray Area website: https://grayarea.org/event/discretefigures-rhizomatiks-research-elevenplay-dance-technology-performance/
Ticket: https://upallnight.us/events/discretefiguresapr20/orders/new




Dance company directed by choreographer & art director, MIKIKO. ELEVENPLAY was founded by MIKIKO in 2009, in the hopes of creating dancers who posses highly artistic sense and creativity on top of exquisite techniques, body and spirit. Composed of female dancers from a variety of genre, ELEVENPLAY's methods of expression are diverse, including stages, video works, and still photos.

Rhizomatiks Research

Rhizomatiks Research

Rhizomatiks Research mainly takes up projects focusing on the field of research and development, and sets priority in opening a new expression for the future. The team which is leading Rhizomatiks Research, has produced projects with artists such as Perfume and Elevenplay in addition to media-art and data-art projects, and is also in charge of all processes through the projects―planning, implementation and operation.

Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He creates interactive and immersive audiovisual installations, performances, and new tools for creative exploration. He uses techniques from computer vision, machine learning, networking, and computing to create unusual experiences.


  • Cast
  • Stage Direction / Choreography
  • Artistic Direction / Music
    Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Technical Direction /
    Hardware Engineering
    Motoi Ishibashi (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Machine learning Direction
    Kyle McDonald
  • Machine learning
    Yuta Asai (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Projection System /
    Software Engineering
    Yuya Hanai (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Visualization
    Satoshi Horii (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Visualization
    You Tanaka (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • CG direction
    Tetsuka Niiyama (+Ring / TaiyoKikaku Co.,Ltd.)
  • CG Produce
    Toshihiko Sakata (+Ring / TaiyoKikaku Co.,Ltd.)
  • Music
    Setsuya Kurotaki (Rhizomatiks Research)
    "hanabi" by kotringo
  • Videographer
    Muryo Homma (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Stage Engineering
    Momoko Nishimoto (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Motion Capture
    Tatsuya Ishii (Rhizomatiks Research)
    Saki Ishikawa (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • 4D-VIEWS
  • Technical Support
    Shintaro Kamijo (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Craft
    Tomoaki Yanagisawa (Rhizomatiks Research)
    Toshitaka Mochizuki (Rhizomatiks Research)
    Kyohei Mouri
  • Production management
    Yoko Shiraiwa (ELEVENPLAY)
    Nozomi Yamaguchi (Rhizomatiks Research)
    Ayumi Ota (Rhizomatiks Research)
    Rina Watanabe (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Produce
    Takao Inoue (Rhizomatiks Research)
  • Production
    Rhizomatiks co., ltd.