Robots and Art

Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis

  • Damith Herath
  • Christian Kroos
  • Stelarc

Part of the Cognitive Science and Technology book series (CSAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Damith Herath, Christian Kroos
      Pages 3-17
    3. Christian Kroos
      Pages 19-25
  3. Then and Now

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Elizabeth Stephens, Tara Heffernan
      Pages 29-45
    3. Jean-Paul Laumond
      Pages 67-86
  4. Otherness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Elizabeth Jochum, Ken Goldberg
      Pages 149-175
    3. Eleanor Sandry
      Pages 177-189
    4. Christian Kroos, Damith Herath
      Pages 191-209
  5. Explorations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Norman T. White
      Pages 213-228
    3. Nicolas Reeves, David St-Onge
      Pages 229-254
    4. Leonel Moura
      Pages 255-269
  6. Embodiment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Louis-Philippe Demers
      Pages 273-306
    3. Kohei Ogawa, Hiroshi Ishiguro
      Pages 327-337
    4. Chico MacMurtrie
      Pages 339-361
  7. Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Mari Velonaki, David Rye
      Pages 379-401
    3. Stefan Doepner, Urška Jurman
      Pages 403-423
  8. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425

About this book


The first compendium on robotic art of its kind, this book explores the integration of robots into human society and our attitudes, fears and hopes in a world shared with autonomous machines. It raises questions about the benefits, risks and ethics of the transformative changes to society that are the consequence of robots taking on new roles alongside humans. It takes the reader on a journey into the world of the strange, the beautiful, the uncanny and the daring – and into the minds and works of some of the world’s most prolific creators of robotic art.

Offering an in-depth look at robotic art from the viewpoints of artists, engineers and scientists, it presents outstanding works of contemporary robotic art and brings together for the first time some of the most influential artists in this area in the last three decades. Starting from a historical review, this transdisciplinary work explores the nexus between robotic research and the arts and examines the diversity of robotic art, the encounter with robotic otherness, machine embodiment and human–robot interaction. Stories of difficulties, pitfalls and successes are recalled, characterising the multifaceted collaborations across the diverse disciplines required to create robotic art.

Although the book is primarily targeted towards researchers, artists and students in robotics, computer science and the arts, its accessible style appeals to anyone intrigued by robots and the arts.


Robotic Art Art Artificial Intelligence Cyborg Embodiment Human-robot interaction Intentional agent Posthumanism Robots Uncanny Valley

Editors and affiliations

  • Damith Herath
    • 1
  • Christian Kroos
    • 2
  • Stelarc
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Edu.,Sci, Tech and MathsUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Lab, School of Design and ArtCurtin University, Alternate AnatomiesPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Lab, School of Design and ArtCurtin University, Alternate AnatomiesPerthAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0319-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0321-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-3988
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-3996
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