The Breathing Wall (BRALL)—Triggering Life in(animate) Surfaces

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This paper investigates the tactile possibilities of human interaction with synthetic biomorphic surfaces through an interdisciplinary collaboration between arts, materials science, mechanical, and electronics engineering. The authors 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. The authors believe combining a flesh-like material with soft motion and tactile responsiveness brings us a step closer to replicating/imitating organic life. The authors also question the potential of interacting with synthetic structures and what the social and cognitive implications of such exchanges could be.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2016

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