We have changed our project idea! Our new concept is to explore physical arousal and interpersonal touch. We aim to physically connect people who are physically apart, through arousal. This project has long distance relationship couples in mind.
The idea is that when a person touches themselves or becomes aroused, a physical arousing stimulus is sent to their partner.
Some precedents include Sonia Cillari’s work “Sensitive to Pleasure”
When I attended the 3D printshow in February in NYC, I was lucky enough to get to sit in on a lecture given by Manu Mannoor -one of the scientists at Princeton University who created a 3D printed ear that can “hear” radio frequencies beyond the normal human range. Using the 3D printing of cells and nanoparticles followed by a cell culture, Mannoor combined a small coil antenna with cartilage, creating what they termed as a ‘bionic ear’. This type of work really opens the door for future biotechnological projects and reminded me of a lot about what we have been discussing in the digital self. The integration of biosensors in the body presents a lot of ethical questions as well.
Also at the 3D print show, I listened to prosthetic designer, Tom Most talk about how 3D printing is revolutionizing traditional orthopedic and prosthetic practices. His methods combine traditional hands-on methods with digital / 3D print processes, creating a better fitting socket, which is lighter, stronger, and less expensive than the traditional methods of fabrication. I am particularly interested in how bio sensors can be used with prosthetics.
Yoshinori Kuwabara, a gynaecologist at Tokyo University’s medical department, removed the fetus from its mother by Caesarean section after 120 days’ gestation, about three-quarters of the way to its full term. He placed it in a rubber womb filled with artificial amniotic fluid, and the kid was delivered 17 days later.
Cohen Van Balen and biochemist James Chappell created a biobrick that modifies the Ph level of Lactobacillus bacteria making it possible to convert pigeon poop into soap. Even though this has not been tested outside of the lab because of EU GMO restrictions, it’s an interesting project that provokes new ideas in the realm of genetic modification architectural interventions.