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Emotional Machines:
Cuddle/Coddle

Custom electronics, fur, plastic, 2003/2005
Adam Chapman

Cuddle/Coddle lays, waiting for someone to pick it up. When it is held, it coos, and nuzzles into the person's body. When it it put down again, it crys to be picked up.

Emotional Machines is a series of reactive sculptures which playfully examine the way we ascribe emotion to inanimate technologies. Emotional Machines parallels current research in "affective computing," in which the capability of sensing and conveying emotion is built into computing devices.

Exhibited
Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA, 2005 (catalog)
American Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY, 2003

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