A Body of Literature

The number of visually imapaired people involved in the body modification subculture is lacking to say the least. Such a visual field has surely limited the ability of the visually impaired to enjoy the hobby or even to express themselves. There may be a change on the horizon though.

Klara Jirkova, a student at the University of the Arts Berlin has designed a new outlet of expression for this neglected segment of the subculture population, the Braille Tattoo. The use of subdermal implants (surgical steel, titanium or medical plastic balls) is far from new, but using the technique to create text written in braille on a subjects body, readilly readable by sight or touch, is. Such an innovative idea has Jirkova speculating uses such as implanting messages between the thumb and forefinger so that they can be quickly read in the course of a handshake.

This is only the beginning though. My own mind has been racing since reading this article. Filled with a melange of memories I can’t help but start to combine them. The first thing that popped into my head was the 1996 film The Pillow Book in which a woman shares her desire for carnal pleasure with her admiration for poetry and calligraphy. I’m sure the correlation escapes none of us. Next I remember an article from some time ago about braille e-paper. What if you were to implant such a substance beneath the skin. One could then have an editable braille tattoo, one that could be turned on and off. Gone would be the days of wearing long sleeves to work or worrying about even getting a job.

[Via: Wired]


~ by David on October 20, 2007.

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