Any opinion on designing surgical apparatus?
Bear with me this long description. I am doing a project on designing surgical environment for minor subdermal implants such as rfid or magnets. I myself consider all these technology-driven bodily alterations are strongly grounded in doctrine like Transhumanism and view it positively as it might help us imagine an alternative typology of post-human near future. As an MA research requires a profound level of a theoretical background behind the subject, so at the beginning, I interviewed an implanter in Worthing UK and talked to an associate tutor in anthropology department Imperial in order to look into other parallels.
During the research, turns out there are notable parallels especially in tribal initiation rituals, in that surgical process also requires presence of acting chief (implanter) and he/she is not merely a practitioner but almost a therapist since he/she is the one who brings the patients what they have been eager to achieve realised and at the same time needs to be extremely careful not to patronise their mental frame. And also self-flagellatory aspects of tribal ceremony and so on! This area indeed abounds in interesting inter-subject common grounds. (any further discussion more than welcome xx) Anyway, so in the end, from the fact that most implanters use a regular medical bed and trolley which might contribute to pre-anxiety level, I decided to design a table that looks like a small modernised altar with some ornaments, where the implanter and the patient sit close enough together and go for the procedure with the impression of religious ritual. What I want to discuss with you guys is what you think about this idea overall and plus any opinion on an additional idea of adding a few cameras to the table that can record the process and even can upload it to a particular platform so that all the people interested can share. Personally, I think this idea is interesting in that it creates a self-surveillance system that can also serve as an equipment making a virtual scene out of the procedure. I really want to hear what you think, it will be extremely helpful. Thanks!