Robotics and Art - Computationalism and Embodiment

Simon Penny presents this lecture from the perspective of an artist/practitioner active in the field since the mid 1980s. His own engagement with the field began with desires to utilize electronics and sensors to endow installations and kinetic sculptures with awareness and responsiveness. These desires brought him into contact with the rapidly changing landscape of computing and robotics, on both a technological and theoretical level.

Simon Penny

Simon Penny is an Australian practitioner in the fields of Digital Cultural Practices, Embodied Interaction and Interactive Art. Over the last twenty-five years, he has made interactive and robotic installations which address critical issues arising at the intersection of culture and technology. Penny was appointed Professor of Arts and Engineering at University of California Irvine in 2001. Read more at

The talk is organised by the Media Aesthetics research group and ROCA (Robot Culture and Aesthetics, at University of Copenhagen, and sponsored by the TRANSOR research network (

Get a copy of an essay by Simon Penny as a base for the lecture by emailing Gunhild Borggreen,