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Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Mother of Machine

Sarah Petkus (US)


[The Adolescent Robot: NoodleFeet]

NoodleFeet is the functioning robotic manifestation of an illustrated character who is built from light metals, 3D printed parts, and found objects. Noodle has been developed with mechanical and electronic systems which allow him to exhibit behaviors when stimulated by objects in his environment. His purpose is to exist freely in the world while reacting to situational encounters with self-defining methods of personal expression.

Where most technology has a practical or utilitarian application, meant to either enhance our lives or entertain us, my goal in creating Noodle is to provide an example of a one-off entity that may provoke consideration about the reasoning that drives humanity’s current technological inventiveness. I hope that those who interact with Noodle will witness a meaningful sense of self from him that will encourage reflection in regard to the value of their own relation to the technology common in everyday life.

NoodleFeet is an ongoing project without a point of completion. His physical and programmed components are in a constant state of development. As such, the rapid iterative process specifically in regard to the physical prototypes produced, are equally important to the project as points of interest as the primary robotic entity itself. I would like those who view my documentation as I continuously develop Noodle, to think of him as growing the way any organism matures with age.

[My Role as Mother]

It is important to me that I have the most significant role in NoodleFeet's development, as his mother. His abilities are a reflection of everything I learned in order to provide for means to ensure that my offspring has everything it needs. The active display of the parent-child relationship between me and my creation is to encourage others to also view their ideas as children they are rearing in the physical world. I believe as humanity continues to develop technologically, we must temper the exploitation of our ideas by remembering that we are responsible for raising them and how they manifest in the world is a reflection of ourselves.


Sarah Petkus (US)

Sarah Petkus (US) is a kinetic artist, roboticist, and illustrator from Las Vegas, who designs machines which encourage reflection towards the human relationship to technology. My practice creating mechanisms involves an attention to the idea of “quirkiness” and individuality. The concept of behavior plays a large role in the systems I develop for my robotic characters, as they cumulatively result in defining their personalities. My machines are unique entities that respond to their environment for their own sake, so that those who encounter them observe a sense of “self.”

Supported by the European Digital Art and Science Network with residency at the European Space Agency