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2015 STS Making and Doing Program

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Body Editing

Gardner, Paula, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada


Steve Surlin, OCAD University
Hart Sturgeon, OCAD University

Body Editing is a biofeedback performance installation wherein participants can move in a 20x20 space, with audio and visual feedback responding to their movement and biodata.  Data captured by movement, gesture and from biometric devices (eg accelerometer, ECG or EEG), is processed and returned as biofeedback. The agile software system allows operators to program music or sound and video responses (paintings or cumulative drawings resembling fractals) to participants’ real time movement and biodata.  The installation queries how digital subjects might engage in apperceptive or “unthought” (in Deleuze’s terms) movement with our own data.  It seeks to unfold moments of intra-activity, in Karan Barad’s terms, where participants are entangled in communication with the interface. The project creates a space where the embodied apperceptive might manifest “in between” rule structures and felt aesthetic response; here, the mover responds to the interfaces’ rule structure, as it feeds back an aesthetic that is felt sensationally, and experienced as realtime musical, ambient, sonic, and visual creation.  

Link to project:

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Clement: Mapping Internet Surveillance

Collier: The SERRC

Comisso: Scientific Legislation

Cross: Off The Grid

de la Torre: STS+ With Practitioners

Forlano: Reimagining Work

Gardner: Body Editing

Gruber: Making Mirror Neurons

Hamilton: The Anarchy of the Imagination

Hermans: rePlay: De-commodifying Music

Hosman: Solar Digital Libraries

Iles: Greening Chemistry

Irani: Matters of Care in Crowdsourcing

Jain: Things that Art

Klein: Experimental Methods

Lakoff: Limn: An Experimental Scholarly Magazine

Lee : Teaching Sewol Disaster

Liboiron: Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Lie: Film: Medical Imaging

Loukissas: Life and Death of Data

Lucena: CSR & Social Justice

Miller: The Shore Line

Morales-Nasser: STS and ART

Myers: The Write2Know Project

Nieusma: STS Design Program

Ostman: Nano & Society

Ostrowski: Empirical Prints

Peek: Making Machines that Make

Poirier: Cyberinfrastructure for STS

Quitmeyer: Mobile Wilderness Making

Richardson: Critical Digital Exhibits

Riley: Doing Engineering Justice

Rogers: Making Science Visible

Sabanovic: A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Schwartz-Marin: Citizen-Led Forensics

Selin: Futurescape City Tours

Shrum: Light Years

Smiley: ‘zines as method

Southwick: BlackBox Vending Machine

Stettler: Can Innovators Be Made?

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces

Vidart-Delgado : Department of Play

Visperas: Thinking with Catalyst

Wang: Wooden Boat Building

Warren: Crafting Digital Stories

Watts: The Energy Walk

Whynacht: The Now(here) Project

Woelfle-Erskine: Tell a Salmon

Ziewitz: How’s My Feedback?

Zuiderent-Jerak: Situated Intervention