Ryota Kuwakubo

Sili (hip), Fulin (swing)

For many animals, a tail is an essential survival tool—to maintain balance, provide protection from the cold, for communication or as a gripping device. Among human beings, the ur-gene for this extension of the spine still slumbers within our genetic makeup; occasionally, a tail even forms on some people’s bodies. “SiliFulin” relates to this evolutionary development.

In constructing robots, we are often inspired by how people behave and move or by the human physique. “SiliFulin” takes the opposite approach—it asks what effect robotics is having on human beings. What would be different if we had a tail? Would we communicate differently or move in different ways?

Ryota Kuwakubo (JP), 2009