Transmission in Motion


“Do we dance with technology?” – Irene Alcubilla Troughton

New lines of scholarship focused on perception in the last years have become preoccupied not only with the influence of the body in this act but also in its essential position for understanding how perception in itself is constituted. Among those, Alva Noe stands as a prominent thinker. In his renown book Action in Perception…

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“Restructuring structuring structure” – Max Peters

Corporeal literacy was the main buzzword of Maaike Bleeker’s lecture, as she discusses how we can rethink the understanding of our bodies, bodily responses and body-mind relationship. The discourse she presents breaks with the dominant Cartesian school of thought, so effectively summarized by his cogito ergo sum adagio. We are not just simply our brains,…

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“Things That Move Us”- Tamalone van Eijnden

During the last session of Transmission in Motion Emilia Barakova and Roos van Berkel gave a workshop on “Expressive Movement as a Universal Language between Humans and Social Robots.” But actually, it was more than the two of them, since they also brought Pleo with them, an animatronic pet dinosaur, which has been used in…

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“Robots, animals and health care. No humans?” – Gido Broers

This morning I heard on the news that a hospital in a city in the Netherlands started an experiment with healthcare-robots that asks the patient questions to get an indication of the illness of the patient. It wasn’t clear how the robot exactly functions, but it seemed as if the robot only interacts with the…

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“What can movement tell us?” – Irene Alcubilla Troughton

In the lecture given by Emilia Barakova and Roos van Berkel about the importance of expressive movement in social robotics and, consequently, in human-robot interactions, two notions caught my attention from the beginning: anthropomorphic and humane robots. In an extremely interesting distinction between them, the two scholars tried to understand how a robot can or…

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“With a little help from animated friends” – Max Peters

One of the main challenges in coordinating robot behavior, as shown by Roos van Berkel and Emilia Barakova in their lecture, centers around the ability to let robots respond to movement and emotion; essential to human behavior. They demonstrated a variety of approaches, ranging from gaze matching to Laban Movement Analysis, and it quickly became…

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Image by: Wanda Tuerlinckx

“Robotics, Reenactment and Collective Memory” – Nadine Westveer De Mul

I had a very rewarding, enjoyable and inspiring time interning for TiM’s Performing Robots project managed by Professor Maaike Bleeker. As a Research Assistant, I was assigned the primary task of organizing and collecting additional research for the project’s ongoing research archive. Where I divided research and included my own findings into sub-themes and topics,…

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“I am not a robot…or am I?” – Elissavet Kardami

Melvin Waver’s talk, Using Neural Networks to Study Conceptual Shifts in Text and Image, provided some critical insight on the potential of neural networks in conducting academic research in the field of Humanities. The proliferation of available data and the rapid developments in the processing possibilities, in conjunction with the increasing digitization of archives, has…

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