The body moves, responds, encapsulates. It is, equally, understood as a connector between internal and external worlds, and as a means for communication, action and mobility. The body is central to the human experience from both psychological and physiological standpoints. It can be used as currency and territory. In this way, the body becomes a site for activism and symbolism.

Across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, all of these attributes remain relevant, yet definitions of the body have broadened. From fully-fledged robots to prosthetic limbs and pacemakers, the body can now be a product of technology as much as a breathing, organic organism.