CNR 2015: Lectures: Jamie Wallace (GBR): Human through making: a view of robots as the material practices of their production
He has a background as industrial designer and fine artist. His broad research focus involves technologies and how they are related to practices of design, use and making.
It is perhaps no surprise that the term 'robot' and the term 'industrial design' first occur within 2 years of each other. Robots as a social-cultural practice are imagined and made meaningful through the unfolding actions of robot designers and technicians. These remain closely linked with the performance characteristics of the materials, tools and techniques of industrial design which establishes their evolving symbolic and utilitarian correlation.
This presentation considers the material practice of robot making by exploring robots through the tradition of ceramics as a comparison to industrial design. Can alternative transformative processes involving notions such as sensuous and expressive making or skilled craftsmanship provide robots with other symbolic associations? Is a human otherness achievable through a physical presence of making and how do robots remain objects of human production given the layers of technological instrumentality involved in their making?
[image source: Jamie Wallace, Estate Erich
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Jamie Wallace is Associate Professor in 'Materiality and Design Anthropology' at the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Human through making: a view of robots
as the material practices of their production
Jamie Wallace will present his lecture "Human through making: a view of robots as the material practices of their production" at Cafe Neu Romance on the 27 November 2015 at Balling Hall, NTK.
Balling Hall, NTK