The breathing wall (brall): triggering life (in)animate surfaces

Budak, Ece Polen and Zırhlı, Onur and Stokes, Adam A. and Akbulut, Özge (2015) The breathing wall (brall): triggering life (in)animate surfaces. (Accepted/In Press)

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This paper investigates the tactile possibilities of human interaction with synthetic biomorphic surfaces through an interdisciplinary collaboration between arts, materials science, mechanical, and electronics engineering. We created a breathing wall (BRALL) composed of nine silicone-based tiles that feel like flesh, breathe, emit sound, and respond to touch by pneumatic activation that is enabled by soft robotics technology. We believe combining a flesh-like material with soft motion and tactile responsiveness brings us a step closer to replicating/imitating organic life. We also question the potential of interacting with synthetic structures and what the social and cognitive implications of such exchanges could be.
Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Materials Science & Eng.
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Özge Akbulut
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2015 20:20
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2019 15:30

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