This study examines the potential of building alternative identities that are not bound with historically accepted bodily dichotomies in the context of daily interaction with technology. The interaction process, in turn, is considered as a possible way of revealing that the concept of ‚self‘ and perception of body image are soft constructs and may be easily influenced even without humans‘ awareness.
Our interaction with even the most simple technological devices are perceived as transparent and in general, we take for granted our enhanced qualities which are products of various prostheses that are seamlessly incorporated in our notion of the self. At the same time, if we reflect on this networking situation, the invisible joints between us and the external props appear. The significance of these findings, which show how our sense of self and body-image could be manipulated by technology, is undeniable. Therefore, this research addresses the following questions:
I. How is it possible to notice ambiguous bordered states where our unions with even the simplest technologies allow us to reconsider the cognitive nature of social bodily-based gender dichotomies which are shaped by historically inherited narratives?
II. In what way has the cultural situation of postmodernism changed perspectives and general attitudes towards stable human body imagery and historically constructed social identities in the information society?
III. Can speculative design provoke destabilization of our traditionally acquired and gendered selves that we take for granted in our daily routine, and thereby trigger some changes in hierarchical social structures which would be at the same time more advantageous for women?