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Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Slider | 5 comments

Gender Swap – Experiment with The Machine to Be Another

Gender Swap – Experiment with The Machine to Be Another

Gender Swap is an experiment that uses The Machine to Be Another system as a platform for embodiment experience (a neuroscience technique in which users can feel themselves like if they were in a different body). In order to create the brain illusion we use the immersive Head Mounted Display Oculus Rift, and first-person cameras. To create this perception, both users have to synchronize their movements. If one does not correspond to the movement of the other, the embodiment experience does not work. It means that both users have to constantly agree on every movement they make. Through out this experiment, we aim to investigate issues like Gender Identity, Queer Theory, feminist technoscience, Intimacy and Mutual Respect....

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Slider | 0 comments

BeAnotherLab @Medicine Hack Day by MIT Technology Review

BeAnotherLab @Medicine Hack Day by MIT Technology Review

Publicado en MIT Technology Review  por ELENA ZAFRA (OPINNO) en 31/07/2013 Los retos más urgentes de la medicina, en manos de los ‘hackers’ Programadores, médicos y diseñadores se reúnen en el HUB Madrid para crear aplicaciones con las que afrontar juntos problemas como el infarto o la anorexia.   Una puerta de plancha metálica pintada de brillantes colores abre paso al espacio donde se celebra el hackaton. En la calle el sol dispara los termómetros, pero dentro del HUB Madrid una lluvia de ideas arrecia desde primera hora de la mañana. Allí se han reunido decenas de personas con sus regletas, ordenadores, cables y placas Arduino y un objetivo común: hackear la medicina. La dinámica es sencilla y funciona a toda velocidad: plantear problemas concretos y recurrentes en el ámbito de la sanidad y proponer soluciones basadas en hardware, software y grandes dosis de ingenio. Lo que hoy parece una idea etérea -poco más que buenas intenciones- mañana será una demo funcional que competirá por el favor de los jueces y puede acabar convirtiéndose en una herramienta...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Slider | 1 comment

“The girl of blood tears” – Performance by (mother and daughter) Anna and Sarah Recasens

“The girl of blood tears” – Performance by (mother and daughter) Anna and Sarah Recasens

Description of the experiment “the girl of blood tears” using the Machine To Be Another, in collaboration with 2 artists (mother and daughter): Anna and Sarah Recasens Sarah is a 12-year-old brilliant story teller. She is the daughter of Anna Recasens – artist in residency at L’estruch, Sabadell, dedicated to the convergence of social activism, cultural occupations and art. Sara claims herself a ‘parasite art resident’ of the institution, once she has organized events for kids around toys/books/games exchange and also workshops for adults (about ‘how to create your monster’, for example). Sarah is collaborating with us during a series of experiments by The Machine to Be Another. On the 26th of April 2013, she performed a horror story with ‘The Machine’, created by herself and presented to her mother (the user), who could see herself from Sarah’s body perspective during the creative process of drawing a comic book. At the same time, the user could listen to her daughter’s voice telling the story “the girl of blood tears”....

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Slider | 0 comments

Design plan for future embodied dance performances

Design plan for future embodied dance performances

One of the investigations we are planning is to use ‘the Machine’ for a Performance in which a dancer in wheel chairs (the user) will be able to feel himself dancing stand up and to control the movements of his embodied legs (the peformer good working legs). The challenge is to allow the dancer in wheel chair to improvise movements beyond the rehearsed choreography. Our intention is to develop a system and methodology that can be replicated in future in rehabilitation systems. For that, we want to develop a system to translate user’s intention of moving his legs and transmit it in real time to the performer, by converging the 2 sub-systems: ACTIVATION (for user): USER MUSCLE’S TENSION CONTROLLING PERFORMER’ LEGS MOVEMENTS: muscle sensors (we have them) placed on the user will allow him to trigger the movement of the performer leg’s by tensioning his (user) own muscles.  ECG CONTROLLING ACTIONS: we are also considering the use of an ECG to map the intention of moving arms and legs...

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