spin a yarn
‘temple of self’ is a Far Future research led design exploration, investigating scenarios of mutualism between the biological self and its artificial double in a future when human beings appreciate the possibilities of modification. The focus of this research probes on tracking as a norm in the future.
temple of self is inspired by the Quantified Self Movement, started by Kevin Kelly and Gary Wolf. The emerging self-sensing and tracking movement aligned well with my interest in wellness. Primary and secondary research on the subject instigated an enquiry about the future of self-sensing and inspired by the post humanist thoughts of Katherine Hayles, I sought to give this science fiction idea a humanistic feel. Combining my backgrounds in design for technology and designing with the people, the project allowed the possibilities for a research led co-design project. Thus, this project is also an exploration in process of co-design or co-creation where I appropriately incorporate into the design making process my knowledge in the research tools from three prominent design methodologies, User Centered Design, Critical Design and Generative Design.
spin a' yarn
At the core of the ‘temple of self’ is uie. This narrative tool known as spin a’ yarn, is a combination of various design and research methodologies; used to engage co-creators in a process of doing, talking and feeling. Undertaking the experience process in unison, the voices of each participant are documented through a series of workshops and interviews. The narratives that unfold using this tool, confront us with startling realizations to about what happens when the body itself becomes the conduit for the artificial self. The hesitant reflections, cautious decisions and often self-recognized contradictions, reveal subtleties of the relationship that the co-creators share with their devices. Living with this hypothetical system and its associated devices, the co-creators begin to experience new lives with their extended selves.