Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Nora N. Khan
Our digital interfaces have been degrading human sensory intelligence by limiting our body to only vision and the first two fingers. Despite the high level of available technologies, we do not fully utilize them due to our lack of awareness of its applicability in more various aspects than just media being consumed. It is also because of its inaccessibility in terms of human–computer interaction (HCI) beyond our sense of sight and touch screens. Those technologies have been key elements in all of my works, since my ultimate position is to redirect the technology in a way that could enhance human sensory intelligence.
I believe that the digital environment around us has already arrived at a point where the current technologies create an enhanced sphere of human sensory experience. My practice is focused on how to restructure the invisible interaction system between humans and the digital medium and expand our sensory experience through the interaction. I de-familiarize and re-frame the invisible interactions into clear inputs and outputs to raise autonomy in this relationship by connecting our physical body to some synthetic body as an extension of our own. Mostly, I translate the sense of self by observing and analyzing our body gestures and designing a framework for an intensification of a sense. This practice ultimately aims to design the extended skin ego, our actual skin’s sense of self, by re-purposing the technology from a separate entity to extension of our experiential being.
In this book I will share framing anecdotes, specific scientific foundations such as octopi consciousness, and my experiments that were designed in the R&D process. The results from experiments will be given as a proposal.
Kim, Jihoo, "Expanded skin" (2020). Masters Theses. 506.
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