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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Sara Hendren

Seminar

The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 411, 63 Fifth Avenue.


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Sara Hendren

INVESTIGATING NORMAL: TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF THE BODY

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor at Olin College of Engineering, outside Boston, where she runs the Adaptation + Ability Group. Her recent work, including Slope Intercept and Engineering at Home, involves collaborative mixed media projects and social design work on technology, the human body, and the politics of disability. Sara writes and lectures on prosthetics, disability studies, hybrid art-engineering practices, critical design, and related topics. Her first book, on the unexpected places where disability is at the heart of design in everyday objects and environments, is forthcoming from Riverhead/Penguin.

Is it possible to engineer an inclusive social future? An artist in an engineering school, Sara's work is driven by questions about human ability in tech-driven cultures. What counts as normal capacity? Which technologies liberate, and which confine? Drawing from disability studies, design research, social practice art, and urban planning, her work is a restless, hybrid body of projects that yield both designed objects and a disposition toward research. This discussion will take up whether a single making practice—part design, part art, part engineering—can both solve problems and ask questions when engaging the complicated cultural topic of disability.

Earlier Event: February 24
Raven Chacon
Later Event: March 31
Julia Foulkes

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