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You, robot

With 18 webcomics, the ERCcOMICS project explores the potential of visual narrative to renew the way European scientific research is communicated and encourages the artists and the European Research Council researchers to meet.

You, Robot imagines what our society would look like with the arrival of social robots in our everyday life. Smart dolls, electronic health workers, artificial partners... How would their presence influence our interactions with other human beings and the way we build our identities? This story gets its inspiration from Social Robots by Emily Cross, a researcher at the University of Glasgow; it combines psychology, neuroscience and robotics in order to understand how the human brain processes and responds to socially interactive robots.

 French, English, Italian

 Tablet / smartphone / computer


© Emmanuel ESPINASSE ■ Scientific support: Emily CROSS ■ European Research Council (ERC) ■ Producer: La Bande Destinée and Sorbonne Université


Emmanuel ESPINASSE studied illustration at the École Estienne, in Paris, and comics at the École européenne supérieure de l'image of Angouleme. His multidisciplinary approach has led him to create three-dimensional installations, in parallel with a work illustrator for the press and independent fanzines. He has created several digital comics, including Super Pixel Quest which borrows the codes aesthetics and narratives of the video games of the 80s, and contributed to the soap opera The Secret of Shiny Pebbles. He prepares with Johanna Schipper the application Au paradigme which was presented as an installation at the festival of Angoulême 2019.