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The Extension of Men - Hacking the Body - Prosthetics

Presentation and Workshop Series
05. October 2013–07. December 2011
Workshops with Adriane Ieraci
Toronto, Montreal, Canada; Prague Czech Republic; Manizales, Colombia; Zagreb, Croatia
 

 The word “prosthetics” indicates an addition or extension and the term has been included in medical terminology in the 16th Century. Three centuries later, Marshall McLuhan wrote in his seminal book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (first published in 1964): “Today, when we have extended all parts of our bodies and senses by technology we are haunted by the need for an outer consensus of technology and experience that would raise our communal lives to the level of a world-wide consensus.”

McLuhan also argued that ‘any medium whatever is an extension, a projection in space or in time, of our various senses. He postulated that while earlier technologies extended one part of the body (for instance the wheel extending the foot), the new electronic technologies extended the whole nervous system.

Presentations:  

October 6, 2013 Extravagant Bodies- Extravagant Age Festival, Zagreb, Croatia                                             The Extension of Men: Hacking the Body - Prosthetics - Symposium presentation

April 18, 2013 12th Festival de la Imagen, Manizales, Colombia                                                                        SPLICE: At the Intersection of Art and Medicine - Prosthetics - Symposium presentation

April 6, 2013 Catch Forum - Enter 6 - Biopolis, Prague, Czech Republic                                                            The Extension of Men: Hacking the Body - Prosthetics - Symposium presentation                                  

July 26, 2012 67th Annual Association of Medical Illustrators, International Conference, Toronto              Prosthetic Device Panel Moderator Nina Czegledy Presenters: Dr. Tom Chau,  Bloorview Research Institute, Prof. Don Blocka Prosthetic and Orthotic  Education Program, George Brown College, Erika Biddle Stavrakos, York University

Workshops:

We have seen artificial limbs for amputees and the Cheetah 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 reconstructed if they’ve lost them in treatment. DIY prosthetics found its way to wider audience parallel with increased development of 3D printing, Arduino microcontrollers, hands-on electronics, open source hardware and wearable technology in hackerspaces and makerspaces around the globe. Hence nowadays everyone has the opportunity to make in their homes devices that might be pretty much helpful in their lives. Prosthetics naturally belongs to serious areas of medicine, science and technology. But what happens when DIY community joins these fields in order to invent similar things. On this workshop participants learn how to make their own prosthesis from a simple glow by using Arduino, sensors, electronic circuits and programming or any other material that is affordable to the wider public. 

In these workshops we 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 hacks become widely possible, prevalent and undetectable. We'll use some simple prototyping materials, microcontrollees and electronics to build physical prototypes of our own prosthetics designs.

October 5, 2013 Extravagant Bodies- Extravagant Age, Zagreb, Croatia The Extension of Men - DIY Prosthetics - Hacking the Body - Environmental Sensing in collaboration with Radiona org & I'MM Media Lab Zagreb. Presenters: Nina Czegledy, On skype: Prof Ronald Baecker, University of Toronto, Erika Biddle-Stavrakos, York University  

April 16, 2013 12th Festival de la Imagen, Mazinales, Colombia The Extension of Men - DIY Prosthetics - Hacking the Body - Environmental Sensing with Adriana Ieraci and Antonio Gamba-Bari

November 3, 2012 co-located workshop: Semaphore, KMDI, University of Toronto, Hexagram, Concordia University, Montreal. Facilitators: Andrea Ieraci- Toronto, Nina Czegledy - Montreal. Semaphore Lab: Isaac Record, Gaby Resch. Hexagram Coordination and Support: Ricardo del Farra, Momoko Allard, Elio Bidinosy  

March 10, 2012 ThingTank Lab, University of Toronto The Extension of Men - Hacking the Body, Prosthetics (Part #2 workshop) Hosts: Nina Czegledy and Adriana Ieraci supported by Liv Koren and Valentin K. Presenters Irene Healy, founding director New Attitude, Custom made breast prothesises and Erika Biddle Stavrakos, York University

December 7, 2011 ThingTank Lab, University of Toronto The Extension of Men - Hacking the Body, Prosthetics (Part #1 workshop) Hosts: Nina Czegledy and Adriana Ieraci supported by Liv Koren and Valentin K. Presenters Shannon Bell, York University and Erika Biddle-Stavrakos, York University

 

 

 

 


 
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