Mutation: Leveraging Performing Arts Practices in Cyborg Transitioning

Nour Hammad , Elaheh Sanoubari , Patrick Finn , Sowmya Somanath , James E. Young , Ehud Sharlin



We present Mutation: performing arts based approach that can help decrease the cognitive load associated with cyborg transitioning. Cyborgs are human-machine hybrids with organic and mechatronic body parts that can be implanted or worn. The transition into and out of experiencing additional body parts is not fully understood. Our goal is to draw from performing arts techniques in order to help decrease the cognitive load associated with becoming and unbecoming a cyborg. Actors constantly shift between states, whether from one character to another, or from pre- to post- performance. We contribute a straightforward adaptation of classic performing art practices to cyborg transitioning, and a study where actors used these protocols in order to enter a cyborg state, perform as a cyborg, and then exit the cyborg state. Our work on Mutation suggests that classic performing art practices can be useful in cyborg transitioning, as well as in other technology augmented experiences.

Keywords:  Interaction DesignCyborgsUser ExperiencePerforming Art Techniques


Nour Hammad, Elaheh Sanoubari, Patrick Finn, Sowmya Somanath, James E. Young, Ehud SharlinMutation: Leveraging Performing Arts Practices in Cyborg TransitioningIn Proceedings of the ACM on Creativity and Cognition (C&C '19)ACM, New York, NY, USA  Page: 1-.  DOI: