We present Mutation: performing arts based approach that can help decrease the cognitive load associated with cyborg transitioning. Cyborgs are human-machine hybrids with organic and mechatronic body parts that can be implanted or worn. The transition into and out of experiencing additional body parts is not fully understood. Our goal is to draw from performing arts techniques in order to help decrease the cognitive load associated with becoming and unbecoming a cyborg. Actors constantly shift between states, whether from one character to another, or from pre- to post- performance. We contribute a straightforward adaptation of classic performing art practices to cyborg transitioning, and a study where actors used these protocols in order to enter a cyborg state, perform as a cyborg, and then exit the cyborg state. Our work on Mutation suggests that classic performing art practices can be useful in cyborg transitioning, as well as in other technology augmented experiences.

Hammad, N., Sanoubari, E., Finn, P., Somanath, S., Young, J. E., & Sharlin, E. (2019, June). Mutation: Leveraging Performing Arts Practices in Cyborg Transitioning. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition (pp. 53-59). ACM. Honorable Mention Award.

Find the paper at: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3325508 

See also: https://www.drpatrickfinn.com/post/acting-for-cyborgs 

Ac actor performing as a cyborg with additional arms
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 2:15pm
Lab Member: 
Noor Hammad

Mutation: Leveraging Performing Arts Practices in Cyborg Transitioning

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Thursday July 11th, 2019
Ac actor performing as a cyborg with additional arms

We present Mutation: performing arts based approach that can help decrease the cognitive load associated with cyborg transitioning. Cyborgs are human-machine hybrids with organic and mechatronic body parts that can be implanted or worn. The transition into and out of experiencing additional body parts is not fully understood. Our goal is to draw from performing arts techniques in order to help decrease the cognitive load associated with becoming and unbecoming a cyborg. Actors constantly shift between states, whether from one character to another, or from pre- to post- performance. We contribute a straightforward adaptation of classic performing art practices to cyborg transitioning, and a study where actors used these protocols in order to enter a cyborg state, perform as a cyborg, and then exit the cyborg state. Our work on Mutation suggests that classic performing art practices can be useful in cyborg transitioning, as well as in other technology augmented experiences.

Hammad, N., Sanoubari, E., Finn, P., Somanath, S., Young, J. E., & Sharlin, E. (2019, June). Mutation: Leveraging Performing Arts Practices in Cyborg Transitioning. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition (pp. 53-59). ACM. Honorable Mention Award.

Find the paper at: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3325508 

See also: https://www.drpatrickfinn.com/post/acting-for-cyborgs 

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