Phillip Rockerbie

Research Area:

Interactive Art


Thesis (2018)

Hive: biomimesis, interactive art, and the honeybee

The pressing need for sustainable design solutions in the face of numerous environmental concerns has led to increased awareness of the importance in acknowledging and respecting older and present day sentient beings, as we can learn much from their anatomy and behaviours. An understanding of the need to explore the complex characteristics which enabled different species to flourish has led designers to turn to biomimesis––borrowing from nature largely for human benifit––as a way to create more sustainable human environment. Biomimesis’s advantages can be reciprocal between human and non-human, but is not always the case. While my paper doesn’t explicitly try to solve sustainability issues using biomimesis, it does discuss how mimicking organisms can create new types of art and design. Artists can use biomimesis to further investigate nature and produce works offering new perspectives that we are not readily accustomed to and challenge or question our human landscape.