Robots and Art pp 365-377 | Cite as

I Want to Believe—Empathy and Catharsis in Robotic Art

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


Since the early 90s, we have been creating interactive installation and performance projects using robotics, audiovisuals, and processes inspired by Artificial Life. The goal of these projects is to induce empathy from the viewers towards characters that are nothing else than simple articulated metal structures. Our objective is to conceive and realize large-scale robotic environments that aim to question, reformulate and subvert the notions of behavior, projection and empathy that generally characterize interactions between humans and machines.


Cellular Automaton Industrial Robot Artificial Life Microphone Array Stewart Platform 
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Special thanks to Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) for its support; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; the Fonds de Recherche du Québec Société et Culture (FRQSC); Martin Peach, who has been a dedicated technician for many years; as well as the numerous graduate and undergraduate students who have been working as research assistants on many of these projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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