The boundary between human and technology is more fluid than it may appear, and has been for quite some time
The First World War presented science with two opportunities: advances in surgery that made it possible to anaesthetize bodies and operate on them without pain, and a growing population of wounded soldiers upon which to try these new techniques out. This new ability to regard the body as inert, and as a willing partner in technological intervention, generated a new class of prosthetics and rhetoric around the body.
This study, for The Remedi Project, investigated this new zone of the body, and the construction of a new kind of human: bodily engaged with technology, and in some ways unthinkable without it, for better or worse. The discourse around this new body predates current technological concerns with “are we too wired” by 80 years, and makes it clear that our engagement with technology has been more complicated than we might think, for almost a century.