Workshop 12: Extension of Man: Hacking the Body - Prosthetics
Saturday, 10 March 2012 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
What is a prosthetic? We have seen artificial limbs for amputees and the Cheetah (R) foot for track and field athletes. You can have your fingertips replaced if you accidentally slice them off while making dinner. Cancer survivors can have their breasts rebuilt if they've lost them in treatment.
But what if you wanted a super-human digit? Or what if you want to shave off minutes from your current marathon time? Where is that fine line between restoring and enhancing?
In this all-day workshop we will look at how artists and scientists are currently hacking the body and we'll discuss the socio-technical, cultural and ethical issues we will be facing as these these hacks become widely possible, prevalent and undetectable.
We'll use some simple prototyping materials, microcontrollers and electronics to build physical prototypes of our own prosthetic designs, working with fellow innovators to explore the complex issues and exciting possibilities.
If you already have an Arduino and breadboard bring it! ThingTank will provide sensors, actuators and prototyping materials to work with. ThingTank can also provide Arduinos for the workshop session but if you would like to purchase an Arduino to show off your masterpiece to family and friends please order it with your registration.
Irene Healey the founder and director of New Attitude™ Custom Made Breast Prostheses and Erika Biddle-Stavrakos, PhD candidate (York University) will present on various aspects of prosthetics.Our sincere thanks to Irene and Erika for their participating in this event, Liav Koren and Valenten K. for their technical help and to the workshop coordinators and hosts, Nina Czegledy and Adriana Ieraci.
Come ready to roll up your sleeves and have some fun!
10:30 Discussion: Body Hacking: What is a prosthetic?
Nina Czegledy, Artist and Curator - Discussant
Irene Healey, Artist and Entrepreneur, Founder, New Attitude - Panelist
Erika Biddle-Stavrakos - Panelist
1:00 Design and Prototyping: Smart Prosthetics
Adriana Ieraci, Founder, Conveyor Built - Guide
Valenten Kliaven, Artist - Designer
You may pay via Paypal or at the door.
Bring your own laptop! Note that we will supply arduinos and all necessary electronic components. If you wish to purchase a kit or to keep your material, you may do so for a fee of $50.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Erika Biddle currently lives in Toronto where she is working on her PhD in Communication & Culture at York University. She is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective (www.autonomedia.org) and an independent media artist.
Irene Healey is a Visual Artist and Certified Clinical Anaplastologist. Ms. Healey maintains an independent clinical practice working directly with people missing a part of their face or body due to disease, trauma or a congenital defect. Ms. Healey creates unique prosthetic devices that restore the appearance and function of an absent body part using proprietary techniques she has developed.
When & Where
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.