ISSN: 1477965X
First published in 2003
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Volume 12 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2014
Embodied semiotic artefacts: On the role of the skin as a semiotic niche
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Authors:  Breno Bitarello And  João Queiroz 
DOI: 10.1386/tear.12.1.75_1

Keywords
semiotic artefact,semiotic niche,tattoo,dicisign,symbolic–indexical devices,C. S. Peirce

Abstract
The skin can be described as a niche structured by semiotic artefacts (tattoos) that work as symbolic–indexical devices (dicisigns). New biocompatible technologies responsive to organic and environmental variations change the role of the skin as a semiotic niche. New devices are transforming the skin into a niche of interactive interfaces. In this article we introduce a variety of techno-scientific artefacts, which are readily available, and their main characteristics. We are interested in the recent proliferation of devices based on biotechnologies that can be coupled to the body, especially epithelial (superficial or invasive), and how they change what we know as ‘embodied communication’.
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