Living Archive by Wayne McGregor

November 2019 | By Bastien Girschig, Google Arts & Culture Lab

Strike a pose and create your own choreography – with a little help from machine learning.

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What happens when you combine artificial intelligence with an award-winning choreographer’s archive?

Google Arts & Culture Lab collaborated with Wayne McGregor to turn his archive into a creative tool, using machine learning. Now, anyone, anywhere can take inspiration from McGregor’s body of work to create their own piece of dance.

Living Archive uses U-MAP to map almost half a million moments of movement from Wayne McGregor’s 25-year archive, and organise them by visual similarity.

Choose a selection of poses and connect them together to create your own piece of choreography here.

Feeling adventurous?

Strike a pose using your camera to find your closest match in the archive here.

How Wayne used the tool in his creative process

McGregor used a more advanced tool in the creation of Living Archive: a performance experiment, which premiered at LA Phil in July 2019.

We worked with artist and filmmaker Ben Cullen-Williams to create AI generated visualisations for the performance, using a tool developed at the Lab. Go behind the scenes and explore the tool here.