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Waking the Machines: Assistive Technologies and Prosthetic Agency

Posted August 8th, 2014 by Jonathan Hung

On August 14 & 15, the Inclusive Design Research Centre will be sponsoring a three-part event series called “Waking the Machines: Assistive Technologies and Prosthetic Agency” led by Sara Hendren, an artist who develops tools, applications and devices that examine adaptive technologies and possibilities for prosthetic agency. This is the first of InterAccess’s Agential Technologies series, which critically challenges predetermined ideas of an ideal or “normal” state by workshopping ways that emerging practices in tactile media, wearable technologies, hacktivism and creative coding may mobilize unexpected forms of agency. A focus for this first event in the series is given to mobility, urban environments and architecture.

On the second day, Sara will be joined by:

  • Ariel Stagni, Toronto skateboarder, skating advocate, and urban planning advisor for skate parks globally;
  • Luke Wanders from the Stop Gap project, a barrier-free, wheelchair-ramp design initiative;
  • Jennifer Tharp, Parks Planner from City of Toronto,

as well people from architecture and planning professions.


Lecture: Thursday August 14, 2014, 4–5pm
Workshop & Forum: Friday August 15, 2014, 9–11am; 11am-12pm
Location: OCAD U Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St, Toronto

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the InterAccess website.