Kelly Dobson – Machine therapy – OMO

I particularly like Kelly Dobson’s entry for VIDA 10. i got to see her blender work at ISEA2004 but was not that into it, but this one has potential for sure, so subtle /sensual and emotive.

more info about kelly’s work here : http://web.media.mit.edu/~monster/


Omo is an artefact that shares empathic relationships with humans. The invasiveness of the machine dissolves in the direction of an organic allegory that enables new subconscious feelings. In that sense, Omo might also be seen as a friend or a companion. The creature expands and contracts, either matching the users’ breathing or by guiding it through sensing it. The physical sensing generates prosthetic emotions; for example, placing Omo on your stomach could be compared to the intimate sensations emanated by the turgid tummy of a pregnant women. Omo is one of several informed artefacts drawing from the emerging methodology of Machine Therapy that combines art, design, psychodynamics, and engineering making visible complex dynamics that may occur among human and machines. Machine Therapy tweaks technological artefacts in order to explore their sensitive and emotional side forging their role as relaxing and stimulating companions to humans. As humans are increasingly in contact with technological artefacts, works such as Omo awaken unexpected human emotions, evolving more profound, complex and expressive interrelationships with machines.

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3 Responses to Kelly Dobson – Machine therapy – OMO

  1. […] sits on your lap and helps you breath. Omo is made from soft rubber and has ‘ribs’> omo from kelly […]

  2. […] Dream Jammies by Alex Reeder Other Earth Artifacts II / HVAC by Xarene (re)connect by Kate Hartman OMO by Kelly Dobson Anima by Paula Gaetano Morgen by Kacie Kinzer and Tom […]

  3. […] internet search on similar projects, and two in particular came up: Kelly Dobson’s lovely Omo, an empathetic little pillow/ creature/ cushion that sits beside you and regulates your breathing […]

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