[ISEA2023] Paper: Jonas Jørgensen & Mads Bering Christiansen — Sounding Softness and the (Artificial) Subject


Short Paper.  Theme: Robots – Expanded Corporalities Subtheme: Symbiotic Individuations

The paper discusses the authors’ robotic artwork SONŌ (2019-), its artistic motivations, the artistic research practice underlying its development, and its technical realization. SONŌ is a soft robotic installation that interrogates the interconnections of soft materiality, sound, and subjectivity. It features a sessile soft artificial entity only capable of expansive movement, which is ceaselessly sounding itself and various environments using real-time generated audio.

  • Jonas Jørgensen (DK) is an artist and researcher based in Copenhagen focusing on practice-based transdisciplinary work at the nexus of technical science, media art aesthetics, and the posthumanities. He holds a position as Associate Professor at the Biorobotics section of the University of Southern Denmark, where he is co-director of the Center for Soft Robotics.
  • Mads Bering (DK) is a Copenhagen-based designer/artist/researcher whose practice evolves around designing objects and experiences as a means to explore and speculate about the potential futures that may emerge from the human species’ technological entanglement and the way that we interact with and through technology.