Modular Bones: The Kun

Kun is a study of a prosthetic interface made from bone, tissue and sensors. It attaches to the body-to-be-augmented and serves as a functional body part. Kun encompasses sensors and foreign polymer material structures and can execute haptic and biomechanical tasks. Kun adjusts its functionality according to the user’s locomotory needs and modifies its properties. In the post-anthropocene Kun allows the exploration of ‘yet to be experienced’ environments transmitting signals to itself, the wearer but also to the cloud (AI). The augmented organism that results through the operation of Kun is composed of the wearer, the wearable and information that is exchanged between other Kun devices and wearers resulting in a super-organism (Wilson, 2012). Inside that envisioned community, physical contact may develop to a less haptic form where bodies are less material connected superorganisms.

Maria Paneta (GR)
Maria Paneta is an architect and independent researcher based in Athens. Her work includes developing soft robotic 3d vision systems (Sarotis, 2016), prosthetic ai cloud (Modular Bones, 2021). Her design work has been exhibited in Athens, London, Shanghai, Texas, Utrecht, Zurich and on the Internet, has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Slanted, Pasajes Arquitetura and many others, inprint and online. She has collaborated with leading educational and cultural institutions, including The Bartlett School of Architecture, Victoria and Albert Museum and MoCA Shanghai. Maria’s current work continues to explore human life in non-familiar environments.