The Application of Embodied Cognition to Haptic Devices for Mental Well-Being
Sophia Brueckner / USA
"An empathy box is the most personal possession you have. It's an extension of your body; it's the way you touch other humans, it's the way you stop being alone."
"I had hold of the handles of the box today and it overcame my depression a little...I felt everyone else, all over the world, who had fused at the same time."
– Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
In Dick’s novel, thousands of anonymous people connect haptically and emotionally through their empathy boxes in a lonely world. Inspired by the story, the Empathy Box and Empathy Amulet are two networked devices that connect many anonymous people through shared warmth.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Societies across the globe seem intent on moving technologically forward while increasingly synthesizing urban life, as if the only way to move forward is to leave all else behind. However, we are not predetermined to continue down this path. We do not need to abandon Nature or our natural selves in pursuit of progress. Rather, we may seek to preserve our bodily experiences and evolve through our emerging technologies.
BCI audiovisual applications: An introduction
Brain activity has been always a scientific subject of interest to understand how the human beings behave or interact with others and with themselves, expressing their feelings in response to what affects them and the space surrounding them. A Brain Computer Interface (BCI) then, has been a big technologic advance to measure the electric activity of the brain and it has become the main instrument to obtain relevant information to truly measure the behavior of the waves which are equivalent to both cognitive and non-cognitive states of the human being. BCI, as an instrument to obtain information in real-time could be used then to communicate the measured data with external devices, in this case with multimedia software and audiovisual applications in order to expand the creative boundaries of what historically has been made in the field of joining science and art. The goal of this artistic talk is to show a brain computer interface as a tool to generate several artistic expressions.
Materializing a more-than-human Internet of Things
Birgit Bachler / New Zealand
“Materializing a more-than-human Internet of Things” is the PhD research of media artist and designer Birgit Bachler at the school of design, Victoria University of Wellington.
While the buzz term ‘Internet of Things’ has mainly developed around human, market and technology driven concerns, this research experiments with methods for creatively engaging the often marginalized and unheard voices of more-than-human communities around local Wellington urban waterways as stakeholders and co-designer of an Internet of Things.
Victoria University of Wellington
Multisensory interaction, medial arts and education. Prototypes to accelerate processes of appropriation in biotechnology About the question How do artists integrate data and the biological phenomenon in the creative process?
Juliana Grisales Naranjo / Colombia
Biotechnology is recognized today in the world as an emerging science that seeks to apply computational tools to collect, organize, analyze, manipulate, present and share biological information . Nowdays, it is stated that bioinformatics and computational biology correspond to the set of sciences with greater projection in the acquisition of scientific knowledge , which will bring with it and at world level, a crucial change in biological research 7.
Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology of Colombia BIOS, University of Caldas
El Giro Colectivo Artístico / Colombia
The guardian of the Andean Mountains flaps his wings between frailejones, chusquea, cortadeira, and it greets its siblings tapir, spectacled bear and puma. One day is like a lifetime, since it birth in the egg until death in the top of the snowy mountains. The cold atmosphere of the moor is the home of this feathered giant: the Condor, nowadays, the Condors are in danger of extinction, due to the decrease of their habit. The Moors, the Condor's house, are considered the vital place for the environment. They are like a reserves and water filters, and they work a sponges that retain CO2, take care of global warming.
University of Caldas
Neuron Conductor: Visualising cultured neural responses to the introduction of viruses and chemicals through a robotic arm conducting music.
John McCormick, Adam Nash and Asim Bhatti / Australia
Neuron Conductor investigates the effects of biological neuron activity, cultured on a microelectrode array, in response to the introduction of viruses and pharmacological treatments. The responses are visualised through the movement of a robot which conducts a unique musical score. The resulting art/science work presents an alternative means of visualising and understanding neural responses as well as raising awareness and accessibility of the research. Neuron Conductor investigates real health issues in a unique manner as well as contemplating the role of non-human agency within hybrid biological / digital systems.
Deakin Motion.Lab, RMIT University, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation
Conflict, Collapse and Care: Co-creating NatureCulture in the 21st-century
My personal and collaborative practice operates at the intersections of technology and wilderness in the interest of imagining possibilities for human and ecological survival. I draw from legacies found in conceptual art, socially engaged art, and biological art to work across many media, complicating divisions between the technological and the natural. I understand practice to be the work of trying over time to make one’s engagements better, and survival to require flourishing multi-species cohabitation, mutuality and care.