What does "disabled" mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world? What does "normal" mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to "smart drugs" every day to get ahead at school or work? With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born? If you could augment your body's abilities in any way imaginable, would you?
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers from around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science / Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.
Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival, and interview footage, FIXED challenges notions of normal, the body, and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century.
Following the screening there will be a discussion with Regan Brashear, the filmmaker; David L. Jaffe, Lecturer in Stanford's Mechanical Engineering Design Group; Fernanda Castelo, exoskeleton test pilot and a subject of the film; and Jasmina Bojic, Camera As Witness Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.
FREE and open to the general public