Invited talk: "From Soft Robotics to Soft Robot Aesthetics"

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Invited talk under the seminar series of the graduate program in Media Arts and Technology (MAT) at University of California Santa Barbara. By invitation from Marko Peljhan.

Soft Robotics designates a novel approach to designing robots anchored in the simple idea of using compliant structures and elastic materials rather than rigid metal or plastic parts. In this seminar talk, I introduce the research and creation program of Soft Robot Aesthetics that seeks to unite interests and methodological approaches drawn from artistic research, art history, human-robot interaction, and technical soft robotics research. The broad overall aim of this body of work is to explore alternative versions of what soft robotics might be or become if approached from the point of view of art and aesthetics, and how a more nuanced understanding of the potentials and consequences of rendering a robot soft can be attained through aesthetic practices. The talk describes selected work done at the Center for Soft Robotics at the University of Southern Denmark, including our ongoing collaboration with Maja Smrekar on the final chapter of the !brute_force series. Through methodological considerations and reflections on case study projects, I aim to illustrate how artistic and aesthetic perspectives may generate distinct types of questions and insights about soft robots, as well as singular outcomes, of which some are useful for robotics research more broadly.
Period24. Jan 2022
Held atUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, United States, California
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • soft robot aesthetics
  • soft robotics
  • robotic art
  • aesthetics
  • human-robot interaction