ABOUT STEJARA IULIA DINULESCU
My art practice examines perception and behavior, primarily through questions about agency, free will, consciousness, embodiment, and computational intelligence. More specifically, I am interested in the different ways to computationally model patterns of behavior that are reminiscent of living organisms, investigating what it is about computational patterns of movement that leads to the perception of agency and free will. I am also interested in investigating the sensory modalities, primarily that of the sense of touch, and how they affect perception, emotion, and subsequently, behavior, not only within an individual but in their interactions with other beings and their environment. Of particular interest is in how this relationship changes when pairing living agents with computational or mechanized agents. Through my work, I investigate the complex nature of these relationships, illustrating organic patterns of behavior and synthesizing new digital and physical experiences.
With 2D media, I am fascinated with exploring color and mark-making. Reflective of my digital installation work, each mark “plays” within a space, producing a final output that is indicative of this anthropomorphic exploration. For me, a successful artwork moves.
I am currently in the second year of my PhD at UC Santa Barbara in Media Arts and Technology. My doctoral research is on developing wearable technologies to influence creative making, particularly through using tiny robots on the back of the hand and wrist to guide and influence movements during physical art practices, such as drawing. Through my work in the Re-Touch lab at UC Santa Barbara, I am constantly learning more about the field of haptics, with particular interests in social touch and wearable soft robotics.
Dinulescu, S., Alvi, T., Rosenfield, D., Sunahara, C. S., Lee, J., & Tabak, B. A. (2021). Self-Referential Processing Predicts Social Cognitive Ability. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(1), 99-107.