Hybrid Bodies

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13 Aug 2018

6pm to 8pm

Run by UAL researchers Maria Dada and Gareth Foote, the ‘Hybrid Bodies’ workshop sets out to explore the ways digital technologies manifest themselves in relation to bodies and their economic or bio-economic sustainability in an attempt to speculate on potential applications and transgressions.

Every person’s body is unique to them. At the moment there are deep learning algorithms that can identify a person through their body from video surveillance footage. The algorithms extract a person’s ‘body signature’ from the videos. The body signature is akin to a handwriting signature in the way it can be pinned to a particular person.

During the workshop, with the use of some open source tools, participants will investigate what these deep learning algorithms see and how they detect the body signature. The aim will be to design the means to augment the body, to create hybrid bodies, that ridicule, queer and deceive such video recognition software.

Participants can be designers, coders, theorists, artists or any curious person. The workshop will cater to all abilities but participants should bring their own laptops. Laptops should ideally be fitted with cameras.

Participants are also encouraged to bring different types of material with them, textiles, feathers or silicon, whatever they think is appropriate to augment the body.

Free, book here