Current Affairs

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Cell Biologist discovers how cells break down and can be made to recycle their own components – mechanisms for autophagy.

My interest – Advances in sci/tech that ultimately will increase life expectancy – preventing cancerous growths. warding off infection and protecting against diabetes. but no mention on longevity of functionality of body/mind. don’t our limbs/brains have an expiration date even if kept going. ability to walk? stand up? we will live longer, but in what capacity?

So it paints a picture for the future in which we will need lots of disability tools/aids and more assistance from the young. but what does this look like? will we all be entitled to an NHS wheelchair? will hacking our existing objects become the norm? become necessary? recycling our things, mimicking the way our cells have been made to recycle our organs and recycle our lifespan.

recycling our things in order to match the speed at which scientific advances have enabled us to recycle ourselves.


So I have to start looking at NHS funding as Im sure it is already pretty stretched. how much does a wheelchair cost to produce? and at what cost to the environment? metals/plastics etc. can i take the unto this last ethos of less mass more data in order to produce a wheelchair system? The inspiration is seeing my grandad in a home surrounded by depressing mushy objects. He ran away when he could, I would too….


2. The Only interest I had in this article was the title – ‘Reverses Retirement’ as that is what will happen. Labourers that get to the end of their physically demanding careers, worn out bodies but still 50 years to go.. Will surely need to change jobs and become useful in a physically undemanding way.. desk clerk etc. What does that look like? Mobility tools reverse physical inability.


3. Not relevant, but love the sentiment. This was just a reminder to carry weight within the project, inject substance. Keep referring to grandad, he died recently. we took him out of a home, he hated it. I can’t change his experience, as he is no longer here on earth, but I can change the experience for my mum.. for me,, for my childrens children. in the same way that this photographer benefited from the moving image he had taken of a Syrian refugee, but she, the focus, did not. he is trying to find her… I am trying to find my granddads rejection of the care home aesthetic. the aesthetic of old age and frailty.


4. Ian Mercer

I just took this from the article. Man died at the end of his life, still able bodied right up until the end. This in itself an amazing thing at the ripe age of 80, but is this less likely to happen in the future? will we need more tools? Does it make sense to look at the statistics of death.. work out how many of us get to the end of our lives still able bodied, still active.

what are the projections on this exact subject in the future?



A Grotesque concept. + a dialogue between current trends in terms of technology + what we are using it for. how it is affecting our life/death experience and our rituals of old age and death. look more into this – I THINK THIS MEANS OBSERVE THE OLD, GO TO THE PLACES WHERE THEY HANG OUT, HOW DO THEY MOVE?

6. ‘Best get  a move on, as it could be curtains for me anytime’

Again this centres on death and our increased life-span and the introduction of multiple lives within one, trying more, professions/hobbies/rituals right up until death. Points to post humanism state in which the labourer has worn out his limbs and so becomes a director/office clerk etc – something seated.. THE DISABLED PILOT?


Just the title interested me – WORTH THE WAIT

Will the eventual old age + frailty become something to covet/desire. if the tools  we need are cool/pretty/trendy. – If we move the goalposts of old age and decrepit-ness further away, will we yearn for it?  – does this increase the value of mobility tools. Points to this new trend on able bodied people wanting to have amputations + in some cases paying £1000,’s to get things chopped off. There is a perception that it will open up doors in terms of easy access to paraolympics etc. so the introduction of cutting edge running blades and prosthetics has made amputation desirable, so can I do the same for disability/old age and mobility?


8. Is the young woman who had her leg cut off – because of an ingrowing toenail.

People seem to be less attached to their body parts, even with phantom pain etc. it is a drastic move – it is increasingly popular to have an amputation as you may be able to do something otherwise seemingly impossible – quite a strange paradox, increase your access to fulfilment by removing a limb etc


9. Austin Towers Tragedy – My interest is less in the details of the tragedy + more about what comes next.. mostly young, do they want to have things that look disabled or limiting? traditional design language of disability doesn’t seem to fit with our future, or theirs. Maybe I could contact them.. What comes next?


10/11/12 – Is the original article I stumbled on that made me look at amazing engineered limbs that look post apocalyptic. Bionic. An extension that is technically better than the organic matter it replaces.  I think this is the interest in wanting to go ahead + chop something off. It is in the design language of these new ‘ultimate limbs’ action man esque cool as fuck prosthetics. this is what makes it desirable. How do I do the same for old age? whilst making it accessible.




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