Explore Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics, a multi-media exhibition highlighting people at the intersection of healthcare, style, and technology in prosthetic design.
From sculpting ocular prosthetics to crowdsourcing affordable 3D-printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. Visitors will explore the evolution and design process behind a range of prostheses through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 40 stories – from DIY-kid inventors to amputees who use mind-controlled bionic limbs – explore the collaborative process between people who use prostheses, clinicians, and innovators all using design to impact people’s lives and mobility.
Free Exhibit • Open to the Public
On View: September 2, 2019 – January 16, 2020
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
From the 75 Francis Street entrance, take the escalator in the lobby to the second floor. The exhibit will be on the left.
Learn more about our exhibition process for Bespoke Bodies here.
Upcoming Events, Boston MA:
Past Events in connection with Bespoke Bodies:
Design Museum Mornings with Mike Benning
UNITE: Pioneers of Prosthetic Design
Design Museum Mornings with Maggie Baumer
Exhibition Preview, HUBweek 2018
Bespoke Bodies Panel with Hanger Clinic, HUBweek 2018
Members-Only Opening Reception and Exhibition Preview
UNITE: Human Tech Connect, Panel Discussion
Viewing Party: Paralympics Opening Ceremonies
Workshop: Hand Built Hands
Dinner with Dr. Albert Chi and Johnny Matheny
Along with an extensive historical timeline and educational information about functionality, terminology, and the process behind the design and creation of prosthetic devices, the exhibit features 5 main sections:
The Design & Craft of Prosthetics
An introduction to individuals, advocates, and designers who share stories and journeys with prostheses; featuring designers and clinicians behind the creation and innovation in the field, along with and organizations working to improve use and design for those who choose to incorporate prostheses into their lives.
Exploring designers and organizations who are working to tackle issues of accessibility and affordability around the world; designing with new methods, systems, and materials in order to create more affordable and accessible prostheses.
Featuring Paralympic athletes, experts in adaptive sports, and some of the latest designs and processes that enable athletes—from professional sprinters to casual skiers—in new ways.
Stories from artists, creators, and wearers who work together to create bespoke, individualized, artistic, and expressive designs for their prostheses.
Alternative Limb Project
Myoelectric and bionic technology are cutting edge, always developing, and often hard to access. Case studies explore both the benefits and downfalls of some of the latest technology and a look into the future of prosthetic design.
Ottobock X3 Leg
Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics, Inc. & the LUKE arm developed by DEKA and DARPA. Pictured: Chuck Hildreth, Jr.
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Directions to Discussion: From the 75 Francis Street entrance, take the escalator in the lobby to the second floor and turn left. Walk across two sky bridges until you reach the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine. Take the elevator to the third floor, and turn right as you exit the elevator.
Parking: The closest parking will be in the 80 Francis Street parking structure. This is just across the street from the 75 Francis entrance. Note that we aren’t able to reimburse for parking.