>> It may just look like a load of balls. But, this is in fact an art installation, asking what it is to be human in a world of increasingly sophisticated technology. The latest work from renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor.>> I love that relationship between body and machine, I love that between intelligences.
I love it between this notion of what is autonomy and how wide can we have a sensible autonomy nowadays.>> From delivering packages to targeting militant groups, autonomous technology is increasingly becoming part of our daily lives. And McGregor hopes these autonomous spheres will encourage visitors to ponder on that relationship between man and machine.
>> When we think about the technology, and it's application, we often think of it in more sinister terms. And I think one of the aspirations for this piece has always been how is it we might be able to work with autonomous objects. And perhaps create a different kind of poetry or a different kind of communication which is perhaps a little bit more yeah, just more fragile.
>> Called Plus Minus Human, it's a collaboration between McGregor and art group Random International. Who previously created the acclaimed Rain Room. Opening at London's Roundhouse art space on Thursday, this installation will feature a series of choreographed dances. But will also allow members of the public to get up close with the drones.
>> The motion tracking system looks for somebody. So for example, go towards and it allows the spheres to find a pathway, invent a pathway to go and find close to somebody, that person. If that person moves it reacts away and moves back again. And then when it's had enough of that love affair or that bullying of that particular individual or dancer it moves to someone else and finds another one.
And so in basic terms, it really is kind of an attraction and a repulsion.