Through Menopause Partnerships (2019-) we design with experiences of menopause using a participatory approach and taking a feminist stance. Our aim to break the taboo and the stigma surrounding this transition in people’s lives involves not seeing menopause as a problem to solve. Instead, we are fascinated by how technology could engage with experiences of menopause by touching and transforming them, and by cultivating an appreciation for the ever-changing body as a site for interaction and for the construction of new self-knowledge.
The Pelvic Chair
The “Pelvic Chair” (2019 – ) is a soma design research project which explores how shape changing technologies can touch the pelvic floor to give awareness of pelvic floor muscles. At present it consists of a series of custom made latex shapes which inflate and deflate to both touch different parts of the pelvic floor, and also give particular sensations, for example of relaxation. Through using soma design we explore what it means to be touched by technology, and how it should / can feel.
“Menarche Bits” (2019-) is a design research project that explores how digital technologies can make space for young people’s bodily and social experiences of menstruation in sport contexts. It consists of a collection of shape-changing and heat technologies that facilitate on-body learning and exploration. The technologies aims to facilitate conversations about menstruation, and inspire bodily movements that allow young menstruators to take space and trust their menstruating bodies. More info here.
“Curious Cycles” (2019-) are a set of cultural probes; objects and interactions designed to gather experiences and insights from five people who menstruate, throughout the duration of a cycle. The objects are meant to provoke reflections on the ways we currently relate to our bodies and bodily fluids and speculate on how we might relate to them in the future. More info here.
“Labella” (2015) is an augmented system designed to support pelvic fitness in women. It combines a pair of underwear for embodied intimate interaction and a mobile phone as a tool for embodied discovery. More info here.
“PeriodShare” (2015) is an internet-connected menstrual cup that tracks and shares menstrual data on social networks to challenge the menstruation taboo and the role of intimate data. More info here.
“FeedFinder” (2015-) is a free mobile application developed with breastfeeding mothers to provide them with an easy way to find and share suitable places to breastfeed when out in public. More info here.