This project aims to provide an assessment of wearable biosensors through:
• interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange
• artistic interpretation
• public engagement and deliberation.
Commissioning an art project that engages biosensors brings these approaches into play. The term biosensor has a wide discursive range including the sensing of bodily information from location and movement to chemical detection of blood sugar and heart rate. The term intersects with that of biometrics (measurements of the body), which could also include facial recognition, body temperature and perspiration levels. Biometrics have been cast as impersonal surveillance technologies with the potential to exploit in terms of public understanding (Technolife report), and as securities research in terms of innovation. They have also come under criticism for the way in which they objectify bodies and reduce understandings of the body to a limited set of biometric indexes (Magnet, 2011). Levels of belief in biometrics as a security ritual are high and the market in biometrics has become economically successful on this basis (Magnet, 2011). If biometrics measure bodily signals, biosensors sense them. This sensory connotation helps us to understand biosensing as a more intimate project. Although there is an intersection between the two terms, biosensors have a different trajectory. Biosensors are imagined not as impersonal and institutional but as personal and are part of the personal turn in biomedicine and other areas. Biosensors are imagined as a potentially personal communication system where signals about the body are relayed to the source. They may link individuals to databases and aggregate or big data, and a health care provider or remote clinician can also be part of the imagined circuit but they are not integral to it. Biosensors are part of a high tech imaginary that combines complex systems with personal data generation and self-monitoring. They have also been actualized as leisure devices (blurring the boundaries between leisure and health) care in some cases (e.g. FitBit).
The LAST festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area.
This October LAST will feature talks by some of the worlds leading innovators, and host fascinating interactive art installations that break the “Do not touch!” taboo of traditional museums. Saturday’s speakers will include world experts on Neuroscience, Nanotech, Infectious Diseases/Ebola, Space Exploration, Artificial Intelligence.
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
The LAST festival will be in San Francisco at The Lab on October 23-26, 2014. This event coincides with the Bay Area Science Festival and includes Saturday’s symposium on the science that is shaping the 21st century. This free symposium will be a full event so register to be sure you get a seat.
This event it free and open to the public.
Featured Artists: Emily Martinez, Adam Carlin, Erich Richter, Peter Foucault, SonicSENSE: Jennifer Parker & Barney Haynes, UCSC OpenLab: Sean McGowen, Ian Ayyad, Richard Vallejos, Joel Horne, Gene A. Felice II, & David Kant, Carlos Castellanos
Sudhu Tewari, Sound Artists and UCSC OpenLab Maker at The 5th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland, CA.
What happened at the Faire this year? More than ever! If you missed your chance to try Cratestacking last year, it was back. You won’t believe Saurabh Narain’s Rubik’s cube solving robot, or the fun of caged drone combat at Game of Drones. Five Ton Crane’s jaw-dropping art car, The Nautilus. Tons of hands-on making, as is our standard: screen printing at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama, Japanese paper marbling, seed bombs, the Nerdy Derby, tape art with perennial favorite Tapigami, and lots more.
Culinary and domestic arts workshops, like minestrone with renowned East Bay chef Kelsie Kerr, and pizza with Pizzaiolo’s David Surcamp. Plus pedal-powered carnival rides, bands, food trucks, bioscience, electronics, art, craft and more more more!