Documentation of Cyborg Nation teknotherapy "sessions" from April 2011. Cyborg therapists mediate the relationship between humans and their symbiotic machines.
Fixer’s Collective* @ Proteus Gowanus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
For Teknotherapy a Cyborg interlocutor (or “teknotherapist”) led group and individual sessions for people grappling with their machinic selves. The sessions were designed to help people accept their cyborg natures. The intimate yet highly mediated experience was used to generate deep conversation among strangers and investigate our relationship to our electronic extensions. Teknotherapy took place on three weekends. Participants were recruited from visitors to the gallery and through online tools (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The “clients” were scheduled for specific dates and times.
The video leads the viewer through a session, and shows several of the interactions that took place during the course of our time in residence at the gallery. This is a sampling of the clients, over 60 in total, who took advantage of the free teknotherapy sessions.