[robotics-worldwide] ICRA Wrkshop: Art and Robotics: Freud's Unheimlich and the Uncanny Valley

Ken Goldberg goldberg at berkeley.edu
Fri May 3 01:50:51 PDT 2013

Art and Robotics: Freud's Unheimlich and the Uncanny Valley

An International Workshop at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics
Automation, Kongresszentrum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 10, 2013


Organized by Ken Goldberg, Heather Knight, and Pericle Salvini.

This full-day workshop at the premier conference for robotics
researchers brings together roboticists and artists and theorists to
explore past and future relationships between art and robotics.
Artworks involving robots have a rich and extensive history dating
back to the ancient Greeks, through da Vinci, Jean Tinguely, Nam June
Paik, Survival Research Labs, Jonathon Borofsky, and Stelarc. The
workshop references Freud's 1919 aesthetic essay on E.T.A. Hoffman's
1816 horror tale The Sandman (which includes an automaton as a central
character).  Freud's term "Der Unheimliche" is usually translated as
"The Uncanny".  Freud's concept of the Uncanny is familiar in art
history and has been applied to many novels, paintings, sculptures,
and films. The term was also applied to a phenomenon noted by Masahiro
Mori in 1970 where the human psychological experience of being charmed
by animated beings undergoes a steep non-linearity when the animated
being is "too close for comfort".

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