Larger version: Cyborg Nation: Teknotherapy
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Cyborg Nation: Teknotherapy
April, 2011 Fixer’s Collective* @ Proteus Gowanus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Cyborg co-creator and Technician: Walter Polkosnik
Cyborgs: Clarinda Mac Low and Onome Ekeh SCoPE designer: Stacy Scibelli
For Teknotherapy a Cyborg interlocutor (or “teknotherapist”) led group and individual sessions for people grappling with their machinic selves. The sessions were designed to help people accept their cyborg natures. The intimate yet highly mediated experience was used to generate deep conversation among strangers and investigate our relationship to our electronic extensions. Teknotherapy took place on three weekends. Participants were recruited from visitors to the gallery and through online tools (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The “clients” were scheduled for specific dates and times.
*The Fixer’s Collective is a space that houses a group that teaches people to fix their broken machines.
The video leads the viewer through a session, and shows several of the interactions that took place during the course of our time in residence at the gallery. This is a sampling of the clients, over 60 in total, who took advantage of the free teknotherapy sessions.
Support for Cyborg Nation: Teknotherapy was provided by The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and Proteus Gowanus GAllery.