The Prosthetic

2015, Ontario Science Centre, Science, Temporary Exhibit
ableism, contemporary art, event photos, logo, poster, promotional materials, prosthetics, science, transhumanism
About This Project

Date: May 30 – September 30, 2015

Partner: Ontario Science Centre

Venue: Ontario Science Centre – map

Project Members: Meaghan Dalby, Haleigh Fox, Dan Lake, Nicole Marcogliese, and Cady Moyer


This exhibition brings together student artists from the new Life Studies specialization at OCAD University with curators from the UofT Museum Studies program to explore how the idea of prosthetics can help us reimagine identities, modes of self-expression, and what it means to be human. Student art and research not only discuss extensions of the body but also ways to re-imagine, refine, and hypothesize their future operations.
The Prosthetic’s intended audience are visitors to the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre, primarily parents of young families and young adults.


This exhibit takes place in the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre, working in collaboration with the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Life Studies program. Students in this Life Studies class provided artwork for the exhibit.


The Ontario Science Centre provided professional, printing, and installation support on this exhibition, while the OCADu students provided artwork to be displayed.


September – December: planning, research, meeting with stakeholders
December – March: finalize text, design, choose final art
March – April: Have all exhibition components approved, submit installation plan
April – May: Receive art
May 26 – 30: Installation
May 30 – September 30: Exhibition on display


This exhibit combines didactic panels, student artwork, and interactive elements. It was important to provide context, so the audience could fully understand and appreciate the art. Creating an accessible bridge to assist visitors who are not necessarily familiar with contemporary art or academic theories of prosthetics was imperative, and the text panels served this purpose. As this exhibit is in a science centre, having interactive elements was a natural choice. Providing alternative ways of learning was important to the curators, and they worked diligently to create these options. The artwork was the crux of this exhibition. Provided by students, they offer insight into how prostheses can influence expression and self-identity.


The marketing for this exhibition is done solely through the Ontario Science Centre’s marketing department. It will be advertised through their website and social media.


The Prosthetic exhibition team would like to thank Ana Klasnja from the Ontario Science Centre, the students and professors from the Life Studies program at OCAD University, and the Semaphore Lab at the University of Toronto.