RESEARCH | COLLABORATION | COMPUTATION
The Catabolic Colonisation collection is a collaborative research project with Asad Khan.
It challenges the existing anatomy of fashion and draws on a speculative notion whereby 3D printable dynamic living structures become the new wearable ‘bio-fetishism’. The design uses rigorous computation through agent based emergence and coded swarms to find a fibrous aesthetic of decadence and human hybridisation. Simulated energy flux of particles act as chemical reactors by breaking down molecular compounds and invading the body into surgically designed pieces. They appear as the outer skin in which the body resides in, creating a new perceptibility in which exuberance and decay are exploited as potential tools of practice.
The current avalanche of technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology and 3D printing, have allowed new design possibilities that foster a symbiotic environment where the living, semi-living and synthetic all converge as one. This new interface provides a new experiential dimension and haptic interconnectivity between the human body and its surroundings. Having said this, the coming colonisation of ‘bio-fetishism’ in our world brings both intrigue and uncertainty as to what the future lies ahead. As new terms arrive in conjunction with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as ‘cloning’, ‘transgenics’ and ‘bio-terrorism’, along with other yet to be defined vocabularies; the ambiguity of our future suggests for the need to implement speculative approaches to design. To re-imagine the unimaginable with fearless provocations exploring the arrival of these ‘fleshy’ wearable materialisms, which aims to open further discussions about the potential hybridisation of the human body within the fashion realm.
Cruz, M. (2013). The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture. Surrey: Ashgate.