This installation 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.
Our Team: Ece Polen Budak. Onur Zirhli, Dr. Ozge Akbulut and Dr. Adam A. Stokes.
Thank-you to Murat Ugurlu for the video and Baris Dervent for photography. A Sabanci University Internal Research Grant Project.