HVKK03115U  Visual Culture: Robots and Artificial Life

Volume 2015/2016

This course is based on a unique collaboration between IKK and ITU (IT University) with attention to robots and Artificial Life. The course consists of a series of lectures and lab drills twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) in the first part of the course, followed by project work in the second part. There will be two themes or “tracks” in the lecture series that will intertwine: one track is about Artificial Life in biological systems as well as algorithms and programming, and discussions about evolution in artificial life and paradigms of control. The other tracks focuses on robots, cyborgs and artificial life in cultural and aesthetic perspective, including human-machine relationship in telematics and social robotics, non-human agency, and post human perspectives in utopian bodies.

The course will be in English and is taught by researchers at IKK and ITU. The course is open for students from both institutions. Supervision can be in English or Danish. A collection of texts (compendium) with relevance for the themes will be available. Se detailed outline of the course below.

Teachers from IKK: Stina Hasse Jørgensen (Ph.D.-student), Franziska Bork-Petersen (Post-doc) and Gunhild Borggreen (Associate Professor), al three active in the research group ROCA (Robot Culture and Aesthetics, ikk.ku.dk/roca) at IKK.

Teachers from ITU: Laura Beloff (Associate Professor), Kasper Støy (Associate Professor), Sebastian Risi (Assistant Professor), all three affiliated with the research group REAL (Robotics, Evolution and Art Lab, https://real.itu.dk) at ITU.


The first 9 weeks are lecture twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). Each lecture is 2 hours, followed by a 2-hour lab experiment related to the theme of the day, in which theories are reflected and tested in hands-on practice with various types of sensors, robots, programming, etc.

After the first 9 weeks, the format will change to project-based work, in which students (hopefully across the two institutions) will get together in groups around a theme. The groups work with their specific theme for 4 weeks, and they will be supervised by the teachers most close to their topic.


All groups work towards a presentation of their project at a mini conference in the end of May, at which companies, institutions and other interested partners will be invited to be present and have dialogue with course participants.

Type of assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 36
  • Preparation
  • 299
  • Exam
  • 84
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Total
  • 420