Part of the monthly lecture series, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT: Bodies & Technologies
by Zach Pearl, a 2015/16 Artscape Youngplace Teacher-In-Residence
In the 1980s,TV and movies were ripe with dystopian visions of the future, often joining man and machine in grotesque but heroic fashion. Hypermasculine bodies with steel covered flesh became iconic of prowess and progress in ‘a brave new world’. Yet, we already live in a cybernetic society. Each of us fulfills the definition of a cyborg hundreds, even thousands of times per day. Computers and smartphones aside, reading glasses, straws, and baseball mitts all extend our body’s capabilities and allow us to become ‘more than human’. This lecture examines the myth-image of the cyborg and its potential as a critical tool for re-imagining society.
$5 suggested donation. No one will be turned away.