A Ménage of Art, Technology and Science; wearable technology

Laura Beloff gives a presentation on Monday 21 May 12-13 in room 2A08 at the IT University of Copenhagen on the theme: A Ménage of Art, Technology and Science; wearable technology

The originating concept of biosemiotics by Jakob von Uexküll (1864-1944) proposed that each individual organism has an own subjective perception of the world, the Umwelt, which is based on the organism’s physiological abilities and its needs.
The concept of Umwelt is tightly linked to the notion of survival; that organism includes into its Umwelt what is necessary for its physiological survival. The idea of physiological design for survival, which is guided by the biological development, is holding together when it concerns biological natural organisms. However currently the evolution of human is being replaced by self-conducted design of a human body, which no longer follows survival as its primary guide, but is motivated by different aims.
The development in wearable technology can be seen as one of the areas where human design is experimented. Additionally, art & technology is an area where possibilities exist for creation and testing of experimental scenarios that can reveal new insights into the use and understanding of technology. It is an area that has enough freedom from requirements for purposeful functionality, or commercialization pressures created by funding bodies.
Beloff’s theoretical and practice-based research has been focused on artistic approaches within the field of wearable technology, which commonly differ greatly from strictly functionally- and technologically-oriented approaches, and therefore they present more potential for alternative and new perspectives. The presentation introduces the author’s developed figure and concept of the Hybronaut. The Hybronaut is a concept evolving within the field of the arts, which presents a practical and critical investigation into the merger of organic and technological and its relation to human and his relation to the world. The talk considers wearable devices as newly constructed human faculties, which through their intimate distance to the body affect the subjectively formed individual Umwelt. The focus is in projects that are typically emerging within the arts, that are dealing with technological networks and which, in a sense, construct a new network faculty for a human body.

Bio : Laura Beloff
The Finnish-born Laura Beloff’s artistic works deal with individuals in the global society trying to adapt to complex technologically enhanced world. The works can be described as peculiar wearable objects, programmed structures and participatory, networked installations.
Beloff has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and events in Europe and worldwide, f.e. in Vienna 2011, the Venice Biennale 2007, and in Brazil 2008. She is frequently lecturing about her research and practice in universities and various conferences.
2002-06 she was a professor for media arts at the Art Academy in Oslo, Norway.
2007-11 she was awarded a five-year grant by the Finnish state.
2009-2010, 2011 she has been Visiting Professor at The University of Applied Arts in Vienna (AT). She has recently (April 2012) submitted her PhD-dissertation; Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth.