Serious Play – Redefining the Body

Baby and I haven’t had TV since Dec 28th and haven’t missed it. Mostly because all our spare time is taken up with renovating the house.

Instead, we’ve been addicted to T.E.D. Thought provoking talks under 20 minutes… What’s not to like? Add some chocolate and I’d say that’s a pretty good date.

We both enjoy the talks where art meets design. Or, in this case, where poetry meets prosthetics.

Aimee Mullins has gone far beyond how the traditional medical community might design artificial limbs. It doesn’t have to be about function… it can be artful, it can be whimsical.

2008-05-12-p1_mullins2Aimee Mullins

“A prosthetic limb doesn’t represent the need to replace loss, any more… it can stand as a symbol that the wearer has the power to create whatever it is that they want to create in that space… so people that society once considered to be disabled, can now become the architects of their own identities and indeed continue to change those identities by designing their bodies from a place of empowerment.” ~ Aimee Mullins

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  1. Paul
    Mar 17, 2009

    TED is a great place. A wonderful resource. Will we soon be able to build whatever body we want. We might become shapeshifters if they master nanotechnology. With just a thought we could morph into anything, that might make a great movie, imagine the implications for society and for our sense of self. Hope you are having a fantabulous day.

  2. openchannel
    Mar 17, 2009

    Yes… and that reminds me of another TED lecture! (not shape-shifting, but interacting with the world on another level) Technology… no end to the possibilities.

    Unveiling the “Sixth Sense”

    Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT demonstrated “6th Sense” – “a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine ‘Minority Report’ and then some.”

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