Welcome to PLIX (In)visible Self! What technologies and techniques can we use to build our inward-looking senses and enhance everyday skills for personal growth? This activity centers around building and speculating tools for revealing invisible parts of ourselves: our breath, our heartbeat, and other body rhythms. Here, “tools” means anything from simple electronics sensors to programmed circuits to mechanically activated paper constructions!
Activity at a Glance
This activity can operate as either a structured workshop or a drop-in activity.
- Age Range: 8 - 16
- Group Size: 8 - 12
- Number of Facilitators: 1 - 2
- Activity Length: 90 mins
- Cost: depending on prompt, up to $10 per patron
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The (In)visible Self activity supplies can be used with a wide variety of workshop prompts, each connecting to the idea of honing in on the mind-body connection, and making it visible or altering it in some way. Below you'll find a few that we love 💕— and we encourage you to come up with your own!
Making Example Projects
When preparing to facilitate a creative learning activity, we always recommend populating your space with diverse example projects. A good example project is thoughtfully designed to inspire your patrons, spark their curiosity, and be easy enough to understand to support them in getting started with the activity.
Check out the guide below for step-by-step instructions for making examples for your In:visible Self workshop. →
By design, this activity invites learners of all backgrounds to play with form and function. It is a very new set of tools and materials for most people, so make sure that there is enough material to accommodate participants as they get used to the new craft. When facilitating this activity, we encourage you to support a tinkering mindset.
About PLIX (In)visible Self
This activity was developed in collaboration with Media Lab graduate student Caitlin Morris, whose work focuses on developing new ways to understand how we can control our physical and emotional states.
Other ways to engage with the PLIX Inflatables program:
- Looking for some background music? Check out our PLIX (In)visible Self Playlist 🎶
- Questions? Ask them on the PLIX Discussion Forum 🙋♀️
- Share your experience running this workshop on social media using #PLIXInvisibleSelf 😎
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