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Maternal Machines

Yurman, Paulina (2022) Maternal Machines. In: ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 7-10 March 2022, Online.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Yurman, Paulina

This pictorial paper presents drawn design speculations exploring the relationships between machines and the maternal, and the possibilities for robots to become companions for new mothers. My paper builds on previous work that investigated complicated and contradictory attitudes towards the presence of technological artefacts entering emotionally charged spaces such as motherhood and infant care. While conventional approaches in the design of mother and infant related products are often child centric and present idealised portrayals of motherhood, this pictorial presents explorations about ways in which design might address motherhood as a complex space. Using the robot as a speculative figure, I present scenarios where they become maternal and where they respond to diverse maternal subjectivities.

Official Website: https://humanrobotinteraction.org/2022/
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 7 March 2022
Event Location: Online
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2022 15:07
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 15:07
Item ID: 18709
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/18709

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