‘I imagine a future where other diversities will be possible.’
Moon Ribas, 2017
The aim of the event is to reflect upon the everyday use of digital technologies and the consequences concerning the perception and understanding of our (gendered) bodies. In the first part, ESR Johanna Levy will present preliminary results of her research on menstrual apps and discuss theoretical concepts that help to understand the linkages between human bodies, smartphones and digital data. This will include conceptions of embodiment, cyborgs and new materialisms. In the second part, Moon Ribas will talk about her projects, her philosophy as a cyborg artist and the process that drove her to cofound the Cyborg Foundation. Ribas has a sensory extension on her arm that allows her to feel earthquakes through small vibrations, she applies this new sense to her artistic work. Her talk is about the union between our species and technology, the extension of the human senses through cybernetics, using the internet as a sense and cyborg art. The talk will also explore how becoming a cyborg will enhance our relationship with animals, nature and space. Participants of the event will be encouraged to share their experiences and opinions and debate on alternative, queer-feminist ways of menstrual tracking and technology use. Moreover, Moon Ribas will also present her performance ‘Seismic Percussion’ transposing the earthquakes she feels into sound. In this performance the Earth is the composer and the choreographer; and Ribas, the interpreter.
Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her arm that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. In 2010 she co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborg art. Ribas also co-founded the Transpecies Society in 2017, an association that gives voice to non-human identities and defends the freedom of self-design.