Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) 511 N.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
Advancements in medicine, robotics, and 3D-printing have transformed the intersection between the human body and technology. For the researchers and innovators around the world working to improve the field of prosthetics, design plays a critical role in humanizing new technology, allowing people to integrate devices into their lives — not only functionally, but aesthetically as well.
Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics is a major exhibition and education program by Design Museum Foundation. From sculpting ocular prostheses to crowdsourcing affordable 3D printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. Case studies featuring real stories from professional athletes, veterans, kids learning to live with limb difference, and more consider the contemporary world of prosthetic design from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. Visitors will explore the evolution and design process behind a range of prostheses through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 35 case studies — spanning DIY-inventions to the development of mind-controlled bionic limbs—tell the stories behind the patients, clinicians, designers, and artists changing how we think about the impact of design, and ultimately, the future of our mobility.