10 ינו' 2019

Oren Conference Hall
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Creative Collaborations: Art, Design and Human-Robot Interaction

January 10, 2019 at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel 

Oren Conference Hall


9:30-10:00       Welcome & opening remarks

                         Professor Daniel Chamovitz, BGU President Elect    


10:00-11:00     Keynote:  Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, University of London)


11:15- 11:00    Coffee break


11:15-12:45     Panel 1: (Un)natural Bodies


Chair: Romi Mikulinsky

Nea Ehrlich - Looks Familiar: Recognizability, Realism and Robotic Vision (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Eliyahu Keller - Virtually, Actually, Accidently, Human: Westworld and the Problem of the Real (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)  

Cristina Moraru - The Aesthetic Machine. Art and Technology in Post-Humanist Times (George Enescu National University of Arts, Romania)

George Themistokleous - Digitized and Re-Doubled Bodily Images (Leeds Beckett University, UK)


12:45-14:00     Lunch


14:00-15:30     Panel 2: Mechanized Creativity


Chair: Eyal Fried

Romi Mikulinsky – Unlearning Machine Learning: New Narratives

for Human-Robot Relations (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design,


Barbara Oettl - From Virtual to Literal Cyborg: ORLAN's ORLAN-oïde (University of Regensburg, Germany and CISC – Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences)

Simon Ingram - Unthunk Device (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Hila Shemer – Pythia: The Confession Robot (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel)


15:30-15:45     Coffee break


15:45-17:15     Panel 3: Designing Curious Encounters


Chair: Nea Ehrlich

Meike Uhrig - Homo Artificiosus (Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany)

Liat Lavi - Robots Anthropomorphism - Design Meets Ethics and Law (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel)

Eyal Fried - The Curious Case of Artificial Curiosity (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel)

Barak Pelman and Lior Skoury - Can Robots Change the Way Architects Work? (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel)


17:15-17:30– Coffee break 


17:30-18:30 – Keynote: Ken Goldberg (University of California, Berkeley)



Participation is free of charge, but pre-registration is necessary

Please register at the conference website: https://bit.ly/2PfmFuQ


For further information, contact Ruth Yurovski at ruthyuro@post.bgu.ac.il



The conference is a collaborative project between the Departments of Arts (Nea Ehrlich) and Industrial Engineering and Management (Tal Oron-Gilad, Vardit Sarne-Fleischmann and Yael Edan) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev with the M.Des Program in Industrial Design (Romi Mikulinsky) at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.

This conference is supported by ABC Robotics Initiative and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for Multidisciplinary Research Activities, both at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.  

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