Agatha Haines

Artist and designer Agatha Haines will be joining our ‘Rewiring The Body’ event at Cork Film Festival to present and discuss her work which explores possible futures of organ design and body modification. Haines graduated in 2013 from the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art. She made a splash with her graduation show which featured beautifully rendered sculptures of bioprinted organs and surgically enhanced babies


Clip from ‘Circumventive Organs’ from Agi Haines on Vimeo.

The main focus of Agatha’s work is the design of the human body and the question of how people might people respond to the possibilities of our body as an everyday material. She asks how far can we push our malleable bodies while still being accepted by society, and the role of designers in encouraging society to accept modifications and augmentations. Her presentation will follow a short film programme combining documentary, sci-fi and experimental takes on the theme of technology and the body.

Tremomucosa Expulsum – an organ that uses rattlesnake muscles to release mucus from the respiratory system of a person who suffers from cystic fibrosis and dispel it through the stomach.
Electrostabilis Cardium – a defibrillating organ using parts from an electric eel that can discharge an electric current to the heart when it recognises it going into fibrillation (a heart attack).
Transfiguration: Thermal Epidermiplasty – Extending the skin on the scalp increases the surface area for faster heat dissipation.
Transfiguration: Extension Osteogenesis – to achieve the more rounded face shape of an aerodynamic child, pins will be surgically implanted into the nasal bridge along with a cranial support brace.





Upcoming in Ireland

Rich Pickings have curated three events for the 58th Cork Film Festival in November. Covering themes as diverse as mental health and the law, technology and the body and political activism, these events combine short film, feature film and discussion to explore essential areas of science and society.

You can read an overview here and we’ll be updating it with more information over the next two weeks. The feature films we are screening include John Kastner’s powerful documentary Not Criminally Responsible, which tells the story of a psychotic man who commits a terrible crime, his rehabilitation and ultimately his return to the community. Meanwhile 99%, a collaboratively made film from the Occupy Wall Street collective, gives an inside view of the processes and issues behind one of the most exciting and powerful political movements that America has seen this century.

We’ll also be screening some brilliant short animations, dramas and documentaries looking at subjects from PTSD to cyborgs and from 3D printed prosthetics to global food distribution. The Festival looks as if it is going to be a belter so check out the programme and get there if you can!