CULTIVATING MIND•LESS•NESS WITH REAL-TIME DATA
| Laura Scholl’s Ignite! at Eyeo 2018 |
In the context of this talk, "mind•less•ness" refers to the silent state of mind known as pure consciousness or the capacity for inner experience. While it is popularly held that technology disrupts this experience, I propose that data-driven art can actually help us develop this faculty and allow us to rest from the fluctuations and chatter of the mind.
| Sophia Brueckner's Ignite! at Eyeo 2018 |
“Technology is not neutral. We're inside of what we make, and it's inside of us. We're living in a world of connections — and it matters which ones get made and unmade.” - Donna J. Haraway
A collaboration with Rachel Freire, the Embodisuit allows its wearer to map signals onto different places on their body. It both critiques and offers an alternative to current trends in wearable technology. Most wearables harvest data from their users to be sent and processed elsewhere. The Embodisuit flips this paradigm. Informed by embodied cognition, the suit instead receives signals from an IoT platform, and each signal controls a different haptic actuator on the body. Knowledge is experienced ambiently without necessitating the interpretation of symbols by the conscious mind. The suit empowers wearers to reconfigure the boundaries of their selves strengthening their connection to the people, places, and things that are meaningful to them. Furthermore, we hypothesize that by changing the way people live with data, it will change the type of data that people create.