Prosthetic X: an 'Artificial Data Organ' installation

Prosthetic X speculates how non- invasive health tracking tools will give us insight into social, mental and physical health. It will empower empathy, celebrate knowledge and combats the threat of loneliness, isolation and health conditions for an aging population. The shadows of aging will fade away and unleash a new beauty ideal.

The installation is a 10 minutes immersive experience, which exists of 10 interactive prosthetics, a speculative scenario movie and the Data Donor Register. 

Prosthetic X is a technological “artificial data organ” that is strongly reminiscent of a natural organ, with prostheses that serve as aesthetic indicators for the functioning or non-functioning of (parts of) the body. It consists of a platform around the head and hands to which 9 prostheses can be connected, which  respond and adapt in real time to our inner health, external condition and social interactions. A series of body extensions that live, breathe, move and change colour, like the organs in our body. They change by responding to personal social data, health data and external measurements. In addition, there is a tenth prosthesis: the exo-organ, which can stand with a loved one or caregiver. This indicates the “status” of the other nine, allowing dedicated others to gain insight into the health of the wearer from a distance.

 

 

Series of 10 prosthetics

Prosthetic X exists of ten interactive prosthetics.  Here you can see an overview of the different parts of the installation.

PX I - Under pressure
Signaling blood pressure

Prosthetic I, blood pressure
Prosthetic I, blood pressure

PX II - Blow Up

Stimulating a relaxed breathing pattern

Prosthetic II, Breathing pattern
Prosthetic II, Breathing pattern

PX III - Anemone movement
Stimulating daily activity

Prosthetic III, stimulating daily activity
Prosthetic III, stimulating daily activity

PX IV - Air Flutter
Showing the surrounding air quality

Prosthetic IV, Air quality
Prosthetic IV, Air quality

PX V - Sun Vibrations
Signalling UV exposure and Vitamin D uptake

Prosthetic V, UV light, UV exposure, Vitamin D
Prosthetic V, UV light, UV exposure, Vitamin D

PX VI - Catching waves
Signaling exposure to radio waves

PX VII - Guiding Curiosity
Highlighting common interest

Prosthetic VII, common interest, guiding curiosity
Prosthetic VII, common interest, guiding curiosity

PX VIII - Avenue Explorer
Stimulating serendipity

Prosthetic VIII, serendipity, explorer, avenue explorer
Prosthetic VIII, serendipity, explorer, avenue explorer

PX IX - Speech Matters
Enhancing conversation

Prosthetic IX, Speech, Conversation
Prosthetic IX, Speech, Conversation

PX eXo - Lotus
Human condition enlightenment

Prosthetic X, exo organ, Human condition enlightenment
Prosthetic X, exo organ, Human condition enlightenment

All photos are made by Monica Monté