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Controls and Art

Inquiries at the Intersection of the Subjective and the Objective

Laviers, Amy, Egerstedt, Magnus (Eds.)

2014, VIII, 235 p. 107 illus., 71 illus. in color.

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  • The first book that documents and highlights the connections between systems theory and art as an important avenue of research
  • Art’s increasing importance in STEM education will attract a new audience to science, technology and mathematics
  • (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • Demonstrates how technical analyses of artistic pieces and performance can inspire the creation of new artistic forms
  • Broadens the purview of systems and control from the purely technical and technological to the artistic and imaginative

Dancing humanoids, robotic art installations, and music generated by mathematically precise methods are no longer science fiction; in fact they are the subject of this book.  This first-of-its-kind anthology assembles technical research that makes such creations possible.  In order to mechanize something as enigmatic and personal as dance, researchers must delve deeply into two distinct academic disciplines: control theory and art.  Broadly, this research uses techniques from the world of art to inspire methods in control, enables artistic endeavours using advanced control theory, and aids in the analysis of art using metrics devised by a systems theoretic approach. 

To ensure that artistic influences are well represented, the individual chapters are focused so that they relate their contribution to the arts meaningfully and explicitly. Specially composed introductions set up the contributions either in terms of inspiration by artistic principles or their contribution to the arts through new analysis tools. To facilitate this, the majority of the chapters are authored jointly by experts in control theory and by artists, including dancers, choreographers, puppeteers, and painters. Connections between controls and art then permeate the text so that these important relationships play a central role in the book.

Controls and Art surveys current projects in this area—including a disco dancing robot, a reactive museum exhibit, and otherworldly music—and illuminates open problems and topics for research in this emerging interdisciplinary field. It will draw attention both from experts in robotics and control interested in developing the artistic side of their creations and from academics studying dance, theater, music and the visual arts with an interest in avant-garde means of production.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Control Applications - Haptics in Dance - Human Flocking in Dance - Marionette Software - Mathematically-inspired Art - Robotic Dance - Systems Theory

Related subjects » Control Engineering - Popular Science - Robotics

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