Body Storytelling and the Performance of Memory: Arts-Based-Research and Human Enhancement

  • Maria Manuela LopesEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9749)


Since the late 1990s a new tendency has emerged in contemporary art whereby artists deploy archival research and scientific practices to explore the mechanics of historical representation, the location and material of memory and evoke the past. As a visual artist working with video, photography, film and scientific strategies and technologies (e.g. BCI’s Brain Computer Interface and Biology/Bioengineering) Lopes explores the historical and personal representation and notions of memory materiality. Technologies, for memory preservation and enhancement of our humane bodies, are developing at a fast pace, and the corresponding dystopic and utopic future scenarios are constantly presented in speculative news reports, science research studies and popular culture such as science fiction. In this paper Lopes intends to examine two on-going artwork PostDoc research projects Enhancing the Mind’s I and Emerging Self that address notions memory and representation, self-identity and the greater cognitive capacities promised by transhumanism and neuro-enhancent technologies.


Art-based research Neuroscience Memory enhancement Experiential cognition Empathy Embodied observation Affect Varela Foucault Latour 



FCT Grant SFRH/BPD/98356/2013\.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ID+ Instituto de Investigação em Design Media e CulturaUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, I3SUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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