Sarah Petkus (US)


A wearable platform for sensing and indicating human arousal

The SHE BON project is a collection of body augments which sense aspects of the wearer’s physical state in order to communicate their level of arousal. Collectively, the systems that have been developed for this project make up a human-computer interface capable of orchestrating sensor input from the body in order to influence mechanical and electronic forms of performative output which express subtle aspects of the wearer’s physical state in a manner that characterizes their sexual identity.

The primary goal of the SHE BON project is to promote a general dialogue about sexuality; one that is open, approachable, and able to have a positive impact on human social-emotional health at large. To achieve this, all stages of the project’s development are documented and made public so that the practical engineering challenges the artist encounters during this process may also act as a catalyst or “gateway” for the greater dialogue about humanity’s relationship with sexuality.

Project Credits:

  • This project is presented in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.



Sarah Petkus (US) is a cyber artist and illustrator who creates mechanical and electronic devices, robotic entities, and wearable body augments which challenge the way humans relate to technology.