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Designing the Hybrid Body

Friday, October 15, 2021 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Human Ecology Building (HEB), T01
42.4505,-76.4786

Sensor device miniaturization and breakthroughs in novel materials are allowing for the placement of technology increasingly close to our physical bodies. However, unlike all other media, the human body is not simply another surface for enhancement - it is the substance of life, one that encompasses the complexity of individual and social identity. The human body is inseparable from the cultural, the social, and the political, yet technologies for placement on the body have often been developed separately from these considerations, with an emphasis on engineering breakthroughs. The Hybrid Body Lab investigates opportunities for cultural interventions in the development of technologies that move beyond wearable clothing and accessories, and that are purposefully designed to be placed directly on the skin surface. By hybridizing miniaturized robotics, machines, and materials with cultural body decoration practices, the Hybrid Body Lab investigates how technology can be situated as a culturally meaningful material for crafting our identities. Through these hybrid body interfaces, we investigate opportunities for designing new modes of self-expression, and also ways to interact with others and our surrounding environments.Sensor device miniaturization and breakthroughs in novel materials are allowing for the placement of technology increasingly close to our physical bodies. However, unlike all other media, the human body is not simply another surface for enhancement - it is the substance of life, one that encompasses the complexity of individual and social identity. The human body is inseparable from the cultural, the social, and the political, yet technologies for placement on the body have often been developed separately from these considerations, with an emphasis on engineering breakthroughs. The Hybrid Body Lab investigates opportunities for cultural interventions in the development of technologies that move beyond wearable clothing and accessories, and that are purposefully designed to be placed directly on the skin surface. By hybridizing miniaturized robotics, machines, and materials with cultural body decoration practices, the Hybrid Body Lab investigates how technology can be situated as a culturally meaningful material for crafting our identities. Through these hybrid body interfaces, we investigate opportunities for designing new modes of self-expression, and also ways to interact with others and our surrounding environments.

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https://cornell.zoom.us/j/98892976481?pwd=S2JTYk9kTEdMcDdmSjlCY2E3cmoydz09

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Event Type

Seminar

Departments

College of Human Ecology, Human Ecology Design and Environmental Analysis, Human Ecology Fiber Science and Apparel Design

University Themes

Research

Contact E-Mail

ks247@cornell.edu

Contact Name

Karen Steffy

Contact Phone

607-255-8605

Speaker

Prof. Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao,

Speaker Affiliation

Design + Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

Dept. Web Site

https://hybridbody.human.cornell.edu/

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