Robots and Art

Part of the series Cognitive Science and Technology pp 307-325


Bio-engineered Brains and Robotic Bodies: From Embodiment to Self-portraiture

  • Guy Ben-AryAffiliated withThe School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, The University of Western Australia Email author 
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Guy Ben-Ary is an artist and researcher at SymbioticA: the Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, at the University of Western Australia since 2001. The biological laboratory is his studio, and tissue engineering, electrophysiology, and other biological techniques are his artistic mediums. His work explores a number of fundamental themes that underpin the intersection between art and science; namely life and death, cybernetics, and artificial life. This paper examines the methodologies and theories that underpin his artistic practice by using four major projects as examples: MEART, Silent Barrage, In-Potentia, and cellF, with discussion of terminology, ethics and the idea of robotic embodiment as an artistic strategy.