Ideas exchange: Understanding The Human Object

Research Interest

How can speculative design practice be used as a conduit to question the rhetoric of modeling within biomedical and health care sciences, building a comprehension of the nuances of trans-disciplinary engagement of other scientists, health professionals, artists and members of public in this research process and how it leads to new enquiries within biomedical and heath care sciences?


Agi Haines’ work is focused on the design of the human body. How might people respond to the possibilities of our body as another everyday material and how far can we push our malleable bodies while still being accepted by society? Her research is focused on the weird and wonderful things that exist inside us. Questioning how our morbid curiosity for the viscera of life might affect the future of design, not only for the environment but also for us as sentient sacks of flesh within it.


After completing her BA in Graphic design Agi Haines attended the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art. In between she was working as a sculptor, studio hand and production assistant for a range of artists and filmmakers. Presenting her current works as a professional speculative designer within exhibitions, talks and events.

Exhibitions :

  • Technophilia and the Corrupt Body, Menier Gallery, London, 2-7/3/2015 – ‘Parasitic Prosthesis’
  • Last Breath, Clearlake Hotel, London, 4/12/2014 - ‘Parasitic Prosthesis’
  • Bio:Fiction Film Festival runner up, – ‘Electrocardium stabilis’ screened at Bio:Fiction Film Festival events in Linz, Austria 23 – 25/10/2014, Waldkraiburg, Germany, 28/11/2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 29/01/2015, Helsinki, Finland, 22/05/2015
  • CyberArts, Ars Electronica, Linz, 4 – 14/9/2014 – ‘Transfigurations’

Talks :

  • Open City Docs Fest, Rich Pickings event, London, 17 – 22/06/2014 - ‘Rewiring the Body’
  • Graphic Design Festival Breda, Retweet, Breda, 22 – 24/04/2014 – ‘Dei ex Machina’
  • TEDX Maastrict, TEDX event, Maastrict, 2014 - ‘Are two heads better than one?’
  • Chemelot Campus, TEDX event, Maastrict, 2014 - ‘Are two heads better than one?’
  • Research Through design conference, Microsoft Research Lab, Cambridge, 25 – 27/03/2015 – ‘Understanding the human object: If you prick us do we not bleed?’

Led Workshops :

Designing The Future Workshop, Chatham Historic Dockyard, in conjunction with Helen Hamyn Center and fund for the arts 16 – 18/06/2014 – ‘Being Human’

Copenhagen Institute of interaction design workshop, Copenhagen, 10 – 13/02/2015 - ‘Transitive Wearables’

Awards :

  • Honorary Mention for Interactive Art, at Ars Electronica 2014, - ‘Transfigurations’
  • Bio Art and Design Award, project funding, 2015 – ‘Drones with Desires’

Papers :

  • 2015 ‘Gnathograph’ Transtechnology Reader, Plymouth University
  • 2015 ‘Understanding the Human Object: if you prick us do we not bleed?’ Research Through Design, Cambridge

Attended Workshops :

  • CogNovo - Experimental Methods Workshop, June 2014
  • CogNovo - Research Methods Workshop, April 2014
  • CogNovo - Computational Modelling Workshop, September 2014
  • CogNovo - Public Outreach and Social Innovation Workshop, Jan 2015
  • CogNovo - Entrepreneurship Workshop, April 2015


2011 - 2013 - Royal College of Art, Design Interactions, MA with Excellence

2008 - 2011 - Kingston University, Graphic Design, BA (Hons)