Conversation Pieces - A Leg to Stand on: Prosthetics, Art and Robots

Locations
Learning Centre (R28 on map), LG14
Category
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Students, Teaching
Date(s)
Monday 18th March 2013 (18:00-19:00)
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Description

Join Dr Camilla Smith, Art History and Dr Nick Hawes, Computer Science as they explore the shifting constellation of relationships between bodies, technologies and subjectivities.

This session looks at ways in which Western visual culture such as photographs, advertising and art have engaged with disability, in particular prosthesis and how this culture at once both challenges and reasserts the ideal body image. It considers the ways in which prosthetics function as design objects and how increasing technological advancement allows the body to be ‘repaired’ in posthuman ways. It suggests how technology is leading towards building robots inspired by human bodies.

Date: Mon 18 Mar, 6-7pm

Venue: Learning Centre (R28 on map), LG14

Booking: Free admission, booking required. Please email s.a.franklin@bham.ac.uk with ‘Robots’ in the subject line to reserve a place

Organiser: Cultural Engagement

This event is part of the University of Birmingham Arts & Science Festival (Monday 18 - Sunday 24 March 2013). For full details of the festival programme, please  click here.