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Post-human Design - T.Fox

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Week 17: Post-human Design by Tyler Fox Brief: Designing an experience out of an object (Yeast for our group) Team: Aarushi, Tanvi, Erick, Sarah and Felix


Tyler talked about the ways in which nonhuman relations shape our experience of, and relationship to, the surrounding world. It was immensely engrossing to understand posthumanism, trans-humanism, prehension from his point of view.


The initial brief of the project was to analyse, study and understand every aspect of the object given to your group. The object given to our group was yeast, and we were required to activate it and understand all the properties of it. Till the time the yeast was kept to activate, we started understanding it and brainstorming about the possibilities. Some of the keywords came up while brainstorming was as follows:


Keywords: Multi-cellular communication, Parasite, Single-celled micro-organism, reproduction, bread, alcohol

Photo Credits: Aarushi


After understanding yeast from most of the aspects, we found reproduction and communication of the yeast most interesting. As it reproduces both asexually and sexually, yeast reproduces asexually through a process known as budding. In contrast, yeast sometimes participates in sexual reproduction, which is important because it introduces genetic variation to a population. (JoVE Science Education Database, 2020)


We found out that while reproducing asexually, the yeast cell splits into two cells and while sexually reproducing two cells merge to form one cell again having a genetic variation. In the sexual reproduction process, the cell can merge with another cell only if the energy of both cells is the same. To depict the same we created a yeast network in the class using sponge and strings to present the idea clearly and explain how the cells split and merge to reproduce.

Photo Credits: Aarushi


Our post-human idea to design for yeast was first to consider ourselves as yeast. We designed the process of one cell reaching the maximum energy to find another cell having similar energy. To depict that we considered one of us as the cell and attached four touch sensors on the origin cell (Tanvi) which will give a signal light when all the touch sensors are activated. The cells that'll glow, will depict that they are on their maximum energy, hence ready to merge with another cell. We combined it all by the help of Arduino, light signal, light sensors etc. (Cowley, 2019)


Photo Credits: Aarushi


Our final design depicted our concept and the origin cell (Tanvi) was all lit up when it received energy from all the surrounded cell population.


Video Credits: Erick, GIF: Aarushi

Feedback:

We got positive feedback on the final design, it was well understood by most of the people. We designed it from the post-human perspective which was appreciated as the idea behind the project was to understand post-humanism by practice. Another feedback was that we could present it in a more aesthetic manner if the project was of more duration and also if we were to take something ahead from the project.


References: Cowley, R. 2019. Posthumanism as a Spectrum: Reflections on Paul Rekret’s Chapter. In: Chandler, D. and Fuchs, C. (eds.) Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Capitalism, Labour and Politics in the Age of Big Data. Pp. 95–100. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi. org/10.16997/book29.g. License: CC‐BY‐NC‐ND 4.0


JoVE Science Education Database. Biology I: yeast, Drosophila and C. elegans. Yeast Reproduction. JoVE, Cambridge, MA, (2020).

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