Fixed: The Science Fiction of Human Enhancement

Fixed: The Science Fiction of Human Enhancement

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

From Botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human?

As part of WXXI and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies Dialogue on Disability initiative, WXXI-TV presents Fixed: The Science Fiction of Human Enhancement, Monday, July 31, 2017 at 4 p.m. on WXXI-World 21.2/cable 1275.  From Botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? The possibilities stir the imagination and excitement of many, while for others the rhetoric and research signals he alarm of a new eugenics. And for most non-scientists, it sounds like the realm of science fiction.  Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival and interview footage, Fixedrethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.

Since 2003 WXXI and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies have worked together to help break the ingrained stereotypes about individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities with its week-long initiative, Dialogue on Disability. From January 10-17 WXXI will present special programming on WXXI-TV and WXXI radio. These programs are designed stimulate dialogue about people with disabilities and motivate us to be a more inclusive community.

The partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies, is supported by the Golisano Foundation and our Move to Include initiative. It’s also part of Al Sigl’s Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series, funded by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

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