The Body Electric
Posted on 06.06.2017
The Body Electric
Venue: BL_NK SPACE Gallery at Roco 338–342 Glossop Road, S10 2HW.
Dates: 8th–29th June, 11am–6pm Tuesday–Saturday
Partnership between Roco and Lighthouse, supported by City of Making
The Body Electric explores how we design and engineer our own bodies. Prosthetics were once the domain of specialist professionals but a new generation of makers, designers, hackers and everyday people are finding their own ways to adapt their bodies to the environment, explore new forms of creativity, and reflect on what it means to be human. Here we look at how people are finding creative ways to modify their bodies, augment their senses, express themselves in new ways and even gain new abilities.
Engineering at Home tells the story of Cindy, who after a heart attack in 2009, experienced medical complications that resulted in amputations involving all four limbs: both of her legs below the knees and varying amounts of each of her fingers. She received the most advanced medical care and technology available (including a myoelectric hand). But she also needed to find dozens of ways to make a new life for herself, and for that she needed deceptively simple engineering.
Created by Caitrin Lynch and Sara Hendren, faculty members at Olin College of Engineering, the Engineering at Home archive documents the adaptations, hacks and appropriations she developed herself, as an ‘informal engineer’.
Together with his father, the composer Rolf Gehlhaar, Vahakn Matossian-Gehlhaar formed Human Instruments, a company dedicated to the design and production of digital musical instrument interfaces for people with varying physical ability. They are developing the world’s first commercially available, hands-free instrument that will give its player total musical freedom of expression, with a resolution of sound as close as possible to traditional orchestral instruments.
Events Workshops and Talks
Alongside the exhibition, we are running a series of workshops, talks and performances. All events are free, but tickets are limited and booking is essential. www.theroco.org
Thus 8th June
Private view and opening 6 – 8pm Free
15th June Talks & Performance: Kris Halpin and Vahakn Matossian MI:MU Glove and Human Instruments
6 – 9pm Free, please book online
Sat 17th June (age 8 – 14) Workshops: Fixperts problem solving with the power of design 10:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30 – 3:30pm
Free, please book online
29th June Talk: Thomas Thwaites: GoatMan, or a holiday from being human 7:30 pm Free, please book online