Glasgow Interaction Design School of Design

Amber Struthers (She/Her)

Creative Technologist – New Media Artist

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Teaching Machines Intimacy

Teaching Machines Intimacy

Amber is a Creative Technologist and New Media Artist based in Glasgow, and she explores the artistic potential of technology as a creative medium through the convergence of art, design, and computational practice. Data is one of the driving forces behind her work, within her practice she aims to poetically visualise data and use it to communicate to viewers a wider narrative.

Teaching Machines Intimacy spanned from 2020-2021 taking place in isolation during the pandemic. It is a speculative exploration into the shared intimacy between humans and machines in the 21st Century which uses textiles as a vehicle for touch-based interaction. By exploring robotics, machine learning, and creative coding methods in the context of visual expression Amber sought to find insight into digital intimacy and touch during a time when most human interaction was done remotely through computers and where there was little in the way of physical proximity between humans.

The themes within this body of work are linked to the new way we have become accustomed to living under the digital era and the new ways in which we use technology to show our affection for one another.

Touch Experiments with Motors and Rolled Clay

A series of clay maquettes produced by a mechanical arm driven with touch based data derived from capacitive touch sensors

Touch Experiments with Motors and Clay

A series of clay maquettes produced by a mechanical arm driven with touch based data derived from capacitive touch sensors

Capacitive Weave

Yarn, copper wire 8cm x 30cm Loom woven capacitive textile, captures touch data

Capacitive Embroidered Maquette

Nylon tights, copper wire 17cm x 17cm Capacitive embroidery used to capture touch data

Capacitive Touch Visualisation

Processing, Java Data visualisation of touch data captured from capacitive touch sensors from human users

Touch Output: 106 111 114 100 097 110 110 101 013 010 013 010 013 010

Arduino, Processing, motors, ink Drawn output using mechanical arm and computational processes to translate capacitive touch data

Touch Output: 108 097 117 114 097 106 097 110 101 013 010 013 010 013 010 013 010

Arduino, Processing, motors, ink Drawn output using mechanical arm and computational processes to translate capacitive touch data

Mechanical Drawing Arm

Arduino, servo motors, wood 30cm x 50cm x 70cm Mechanical arm output device used to interpret touch data from capacitive textiles into tangible drawings or objects

Teaching Machines Intimacy: Video Abstract

Brief spoken description of project