A synesthetic short produced for my RISD Freshman Foundations Design Class. This videos was made by Eli Block, Joyce Lin, Skye Ray, Rachel Deane, and Catherine Shen. Music is Nightcall (Drive Original Movie Soundtrack) by Kavinsky.
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The Craft in the Anthropocene is a speculative design project which raises questions and stirs a debate around the novel theory of the Anthropocene.
A project by Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, initiated within her MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins School, College of Arts and Design of London, in 2013.
The Craft in the Anthropocene project was developed with the help of Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, geologist and lecturer at Leicester University.
With thanks to Professor Jan Cillers, Head of Department and chair in mineral processing, School of mines, Imperial College, London.
The Anthropocene era is a new geological epoch evidencing the impact of global civilisation on Earth. The term was coined a decade ago by Paul Crutzen and suggests that humankind has become over time a global geophysical force intertwined with the most powerful forces of nature.
Through our collective actions, we spread specific elements in nature, rare in the pre-human era, which will become prevalent sediments, building up the future planetary strata.
Observing this shift, I catalysed the slow geological phenomenon to manufacture human-made minerals out of the most distinctive materials of our epoch (aluminium, bones, plastics). I elaborated material tales which offer an extreme projection of what could become the terrestrial minerals eventually mined and used by craftsmen in a far future.
Adopting a speculative approach, the project proposes a tangible experience of this newly proclaimed geological present and intends to stimulate a debate.
"What if communication data itself were to become beneficial to our health even become food?"
Bodies have become hybrids of engineered design and living mutating biology. The breakthrough of harnessing data, as something that benefits health, has changed the structure of the body irrevocably: skin has become the processing unit. Feeding the body’s need for feeling connected, Data Hungry Skin cells are the next generation in communication technology. When a piece of data is received the skin units mimic a physical human touch, causing the user to feel connected. Similarly the nanostructures can also convert data to trigger the release of nutrients and chemicals into the blood stream.
To be connected is to be well fed…
Data Hungry Skin is a short animation I produced as part of my MA Textile Futures course work, at Central Saint Martins London. It is a design provocation based on looking at possible future developments in communication technology.
For more about this project please visit; amycongdon.com