In collaboration with the artist collective DIPHTHONG (, KISD students took part in the production of a dance performance for two dancers and a robot. Under the direction of Laura Wagner and supported by Prof. Dr. Lasse Scherffig, they designed and programmed the movement sequences of an industrial robot for the performance and also co-produced the soundtrack for the piece.

The piece ANTHROBOT will be performed


in Kölner Kunsthafen (


Robots are the future, they exist in the science fiction worlds of books, films and games. But even today, it is impossible to imagine industry and medical technology without them. They are also increasingly finding their way into our everyday lives: Vacuum robots, cloud-based voice services and care robots are widespread. It is up to us to find a way of dealing with them. What will these robots mean to us, who will we be, and how will we live with them across generations?

The artist collective DIPHTHONG explores these questions in their dance piece ANTHROBOT. Viewers are invited to enter the shared flat of two human flatmates from two generations (aged 12 and 75) and a robot. It is an independently accessible and discoverable world in which you can move freely and watch the three protagonists come together. The robot has a life of its own: it can move, react to impulses and produce impulses itself. It will be interesting to see how two different people interact with it, work with it, use it, play with it, laugh and dance with it. Will the robot be able to separate, connect or perhaps even mediate the human relationship?

About Oden, the UR3e robot arm: Since the beginning of this year, Oden, a collaborative industrial robot from Universal Robots, has been part of the inventory of KISD’s AI Lab, the laboratory of living objects. It has six joints that allow it to stretch 50 cm and lift 3 kg. It offers students the opportunity to research and develop forms of human-machine interaction. This semester, in the ANTHROBOT project, students are collaborating with the theater collective DIPHTHONG to develop a play in which intergenerational relationship to technology is reflected upon.

Studierende der KISD: Alina Bertacca, Carlos Andres Luis Strohm, Diana Guadalupe Espino Flores, Ema Imbrasaite, Eduarda Marisa Lima Cerqueira, Johannes Hermut Förster, Karla Ćorluka, Lena Renz, Lilith Greta Meyer, Pedro dos Santos Palavra, Philipp Gatzke, Tyanka Demyanka Adrian

Produktion: e.V

Zusammenarbeit: Köln International School of Design/Technische Hochschule Köln

Choreografie: DIPHTHONG Stephanie Felber & Nikos Konstantakis

Tänzerinnen: Sônia Mota, Olivia Arcacia

Roboter: Studierende der KISD, Laura Juliane Wagner & Prof. Dr. Lasse Scherffig

Outside Eye: Carla Jordão 

Bühnen- & Kostümbildnerin: Eleonora Pedretti 

Technische Leitung: Daniel Swoboda 

Audiodeskription: Martin Burike 

Grafikdesign: Leonard von Brenndorff 

Produktionsleitung: Stephanie Felber 

Produktionsassistenz: Silke Manz 

Pressearbeit: Ines Langel 

Foto: Alessandro De Matteis

Gefördert durch: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, Transferfonds der TH Köln