… is a designer who develops critical objects and provocative scenarios exploring the juxtaposition of the natural with the artificial. Her work spans across various mediums and includes collaborations with scientists, bioethicists and animal breeders.
One of her projects, “The Electrocyte Appendix”, is an artificial organ that could be implanted into the body to allow people to become electric organisms. Inspired by the electric eel and the way it uses electrocyte cells to produce electrical current from its abdomens, the organ is constructed of artificial cells* that mimic and improve the electrocyte mechanism by converting blood sugar into electricity.
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Dismounted Soldiers often carry heavy combat loads that increase the stress on the body leading to potential injuries. With a HULC exoskeleton, these loads are transferred to the ground through powered titanium legs without loss of mobility.
The HULC is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads of up to 200 lbs for extended periods of time and over all terrains. Its flexible design allows for deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting. The exoskeleton senses what users want to do and where they want to go. It augments their ability, strength and endurance. An onboard micro-computer ensures the exoskeleton moves in concert with the individual. Its modularity allows for major components to be swapped out in the field.
For more information, see: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/products/hulc/
Susanna is a Paris-based artist that tells stories that contain a surreal imagination for the functionality of objects. Her works are evidence deriving from narratives that connect fiction and reality. Mundane artefacts, everyday situations or banal social acts are transformed into modes of expressions for naturally neglected desires, psychological dilemmas and secret fantasies. An obsessive fascination for machines and how we interact with these, leads her to building strange devices that open a gate to an alternative universe. Visualizing the invisible and celebrating moments of the Uncanny are recurring motifs. She often uses the language of products and her devices come with a clear directive — yet, their interpretation is completely left to the viewer. For more information on Susanna, see: http://www.susannahertrich.com/
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“I’ve from very early on held the view that we’ve always been prosthetic bodies. Ever since we evolved from hominids… we’ve constructed artifacts, amplifications of the body. It’s part of what we are as a human species”
Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 25 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body.