From Soft Sculpture to Soft Robotics: Retracing a Physical Aesthetics of Bio-Morphic Softness
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This paper attempts to think an aesthetics of softness and the life-like through an artistic tradition deeply imbricated with an interrogation of softness and its physical substrates, namely the soft sculpture that started proliferating in the late 1960s. Critical descriptions of these works, interestingly, frequently emphasize their similarities with living organisms and bodies as a central tenet of their aesthetics.
The paper seeks to articulate aspects of a contiguity between softness and the life-like in these works through readings that draw on concepts from technical soft robotics research and the description of life in physics (via entropy). It is argued, that fractions of soft sculpture anticipate central interests and notions present in contemporary technical soft robotics research.
|Publication date||20 Nov 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Nov 2017|
|Event||RE:TRACE – 7th International Conference for|
Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology - Danube University Krems | Goettweig Abbey | Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Krems / Vienna, Austria
Duration: 23 Nov 2017 → 25 Nov 2017
|Conference||RE:TRACE – 7th International Conference for|
Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology
|Location||Danube University Krems | Goettweig Abbey | Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna|
|City||Krems / Vienna|
|Period||23/11/2017 → 25/11/2017|