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From Soft Sculpture to Soft Robotics: Retracing a Physical Aesthetics of Bio-Morphic Softness

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Soft robotics has in the past decade emerged as a growing subfield of technical robotics research, distinguishable by its bio-inspired design strategies, interest in morphological computation, and interdisciplinary combination of insights from engineering, computer science, biology and material science. Recently, soft robotics technology has also started to make its way into art, design, and architecture.
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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date20 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2017
EventRE: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 201725 Nov 2017
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ConferenceRE:TRACE – 7th International Conference for
Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology
Location Danube University Krems | Goettweig Abbey | Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
CountryAustria
CityKrems / Vienna
Period23/11/201725/11/2017
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  • soft sculpture, soft robotics, media art histories, media art

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