Provoking Performing Objects: Expanding the Design Space for Soft Robotics

Harvey Bewley, Anna Vallgårda

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Soft robots are typically developed with specific functions in mind. What we propose here is to shift focus to their aesthetic and performative qualities as means to open up a larger space of potential expressions and tacit abilities of these animated artefacts. Basically, to focus on the aesthetic potential of the objects through form, material, and movement exploration. As a strategy, we use provocations to broaden the design space with new interactive experiences in the physical realm. We argue that by using provoking performative objects as inspiration we can ultimately design a more connected and bodily engagement with computational devices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '17 Companion : Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems
Number of pages5
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date10 Jun 2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4991-8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017


  • soft robotics
  • design research
  • material interaction
  • temporal form
  • performing objects
  • provocation


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