DIGITAL MEMBRANES

2017

RESEARCH | SPECULATION

​“We’re all born in bondage, with a cord around our baby body. (…) This is where the human quest for other forms of connections and bonds starts; unable to replace it, we will try to re-enact or at least to remember the primal bond of life”

 

(Edelkoort, 2013). 

 

The body in its primordial essence, tries to connect the self with the hapticity of things, materiality or sensorial experiences. It is the base for transformation, breaking free from boundaries into surrealistic fantasies that do not seek fixed answers. There is openness, fluidity and rawness, in which skin becomes the receptacle for time to descend into other realms. Incarnation in the Deleuzean context, can be understood by two constituents: the descent or fall, also known as the spiritual coming down and the flesh; the spiritual clothed in skin appearing as human form (Zdebik, 2009). The digital simulation of our bodies can therefore be seen as a virtual descent animating itself into a fleshy corporeal. The materialisation of the other into human form brings forth a multidimensionality of body behaviours and perceptions. Our physical state is merely fixed, as our extensions linger between multiplicities, between becomings and between the cyber realms of spaces. 

 

This project explores the concept of digital incarnation, where our bodily relations become a translation for what Baudrillard (1988, p. 127) called, a “proteinic era of networks”. A system where humans long to be fed, connected and enhanced through the universe of communication.  Here, the body acts as a philosophical device to articulate the materiality of thought into virtual matter, filtering through the dimension of time and movement. Simulation of fibrous and dynamic networks have been created surrounding the body as the prosthetic effect of our desires, indulgence and ultimate power. It uses speculation as a critical tool to instigate provocative visual agents seeking to re-think the body in the technological decadence. 

References:

  1. Baudrillard, J. (1988). The ecstasy of communication (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

  2. Edelkoort, L. (2013). Fetishism in Fashion. 1st ed. Amsterdam: Frame Publishers. 

  3. Zdebik, J. (2009). Skin Aesthetics as Incarnation: Gilles Deleuze’s Diagram of Francis Bacon. ESC: English Studies in Canada, 34(1), pp.149-164.