AI vs Baby

Emele Ugavule, Emosi Ugavule, Amy Zhang and Jackson Garcia (WA & NSW)

AI vs Baby is an exploration of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, racial bias and memory, using pedagogy and movement to unpack responsive differences between a child and a virtual digital assistant.

Emele Ugavule is a Tokelauan Fijian multidisciplinary storyteller. Her work centres the development of ethical trans-Indigenous collaborative creative processes and outcomes informed by Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies and cosmologies. In this work she explores how the myth of unconscious bias reinforces whiteness as a default lens.

Working with collaborators Amy Zhang and Jackson Garcia – choreographers and dancers who draw from street styles, hip hop and contemporary – this team is combining their interests in intercultural explorations to begin this new experimental work, while currently residing at opposite ends of the country due to COVID-19.

Creative Team: Co-creators – Emele Ugavule and Emosi Ugavule with Amy Zhang and Jackson Garcia

Image: Bryony Jackson


Vitalstatistix acknowledges that we, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. We acknowledge Kaurna people as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this land. We respect their cultural authority. We pay our respect to Kaurna Elders, past, present and emerging, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.