The Cyborg Mermaid

The Cyborg Mermaid – or: how technè can help the misfits fit in

In feminist studies, the figure of the mermaid has long been regarded as flawed, disabled and less-than-human. Her theoretical counterpart in that respect would be the cyborg, an image used to show that with the help of robotics, humankind could be larger than life. So, what would happen if we could combine those two images and apply them to create “super love” more-than-human relationships? In various papers, I am exploring the possibilities of technology for “mermaids”, people who normally fall outside the norm, to satisfy human desires in a new way.

Publications

The Cyborg Mermaid (or: How Technè Can Help the Misfits Fit In)
Publication in Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, together with Emiel Maliepaard.

Paper presentations

Presentation at Love and Sex with Robots, London 2016.

Presentation at INservice Autisme, Malle (BE) 2016.

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