Temporary Implants and the Body

This blog acts as a public face for the research project Temporary Implants and the Body. Contributors include: Phaedra Shanbaum, UCL Knowledge Lab; Natalie Andrew, Artist; Brian Knep, Artist; Tom Tlalim, University of Winchester & The Victoria and Albert Museum.  The blog will be updated regularly with information.

The project is a collaboration between researchers at UCL Knowlege Lab and Boston Cyberarts. It is funded by UCL Global Engagement Funds and Boston Cyberarts.

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The aim of this research project is to bring together global partners within the arts, social sciences, and medical sciences to examine temporary implants and the body. This interdisciplinary examination will center around the development of thoughts on temporary implants: these are technological devices placed in a human body in order to support, mediate or enhance biological structures. Temporary implants are common. This is due, in part, to an ageing population, the normalization of cosmetic surgery, and advances in surgical practices. The rhetoric around temporary implants is mainly descriptive, functional (Hogle, 2005) and medical and then sold to us as a device that will make your life better, an object that will make you “normal” or a thing that will turn you into a monster. Implants are rarely discussed outside of specialized communities The blog is an attempt to address the physical and theoretical lack and widen public discourse and academic research on the topic.

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If you have any questions about this project, please contact the PI, Phaedra Shanbaum at p.shanbaum@ucl.ac.uk