As computing devices become more integrated with our physiology, designers and engineers are looking to biometric input and output interfaces as new tools for creative expression. In this workshop you will explore the electrical network of the human body, and develop an in-depth understanding of its biological signals by experimenting with the state of the art, open source bio-sensing platform, OpenBCI.
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We share our regular world with billions of bacteria and fungi, but are for the most part unaware of how they shape our world -- unless we get sick. What if you could make a wearable biosensor that showed you in real-time how your own body's ecosystem works in concert with the environment?
Join The Cotard Syndicate for this workshop, where you will learn about their research and make a 3D-printed biosensor that you can wear, track, and read the data collected from your micro- and macro-ecosystems.
Marta Lwin is an artist, technologist, researcher and has recently completed her masters at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Marta has a background is both in art and activism. She has worked as an activist in the early to late 90's, with Greenpeace, UNEP, Women's Environmental Network and Reclaim the Streets (UK). After joining a loose network of artists at Backspace in London she became interested in the creative use of technology as it relates to biology. Currently, her work focuses on the intersection of art, technology and include projects that critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of the relationship between nature and technology. She has recently been awarded a Turbulence Art Commission, with the support of the Jerome Foundation. Her work has been shown at galleries in Europe and New York.
In this highly original book David Wills rethinks not only our nature before all technology but also what we understand to be technology. Rather than considering the human being as something natural that then develops technology, Wills argues, we should instead imagine an originary imbrication of nature and machine that begins with a dorsal turn-a turn that takes place behind our back, outside our field of vision.
Julia Reodica currently resides in the United States. She is an art/science educator, a practicing artist, and a Registered Nurse in the critical care setting. Her on-going work includes traditional art practices and the use of laboratory tools or biotechnology. The art work is intended to express social commentary and encourage public inquiry. Living art work addresses issues of sustained life in novel environments. Science-related work based on utilizing living systems for exhibition was developed through work in art/science museums and institutions in the U.S. and internationally. In various publications and symposiums, her views on innovative mammalian tissue sculpting and the social impact of scientific research have raised new ethical and aesthetic questions about the new "body" of art.
Workshop participants learned the fundamentals of animal anatomy, dissection and culturing that are used to investigate specimens. The workshop was held in an open forum setting with orientation to the history of artistic practice in the scientific field. It was part of the Eyebeam Digital Day Camp Series for 2006. At the conclusion of each week of DDC, the projects from the classes were displayed in a 'growing' 3-week long exhibition alongside work from the artists teaching the DDC workshops.