In Defense of Capitalism
Biodegradable Plastic Material Research
What will the human of the future be like?
Focusing on the human skin, as a means for protection but also a mediator of our senses and the environment, the research wanted to look into ways of creating novel interactions and bodily experiences.
MAA students experimented with rawmaterials and recipes to create thin membranes and surfaces, which were further supplemented through embedded electronics. Besides developing advanced material systems, a crucial task for the students was been to think about the practical applications and implications of a second skin.
The first phase of the seminar focused on creating new materials or combining existing materials into advanced composites, with a particular focus on bioplastics and kombucha. During the second part of the course students could investigate the augmentation and actuation of the material systems through means of electronics and physical computing.
The final phase was reserved to developing a functional application, working prototype and speculative future scenario, presented through means of video and material catalogues.
Category: Material Research
Location: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Duration: 3 week production
Researchers: Yasamin Khalilbeigi, Firas Safieddine, Lili Tayefi
Directed by: Manuel Kretzer and Anastasia Pistofidou
Film Production: Firas Safieddine
Media is taking over
From the age of politics,
to our days of economics
The world is being mediated
More and more Ideology is a constant
We are eliminating what we label as nature
Our fear made us swipe all the living species
We don’t want anyone to share the planet with us,
we live alone, with robots, with machines we think we can control
It’s becoming an open market
Personal businesses, we now rent our empty rooms, by some used products, work as taxi drivers...
all through software organizing our physical life
We will be selling and buying limbs, body parts
As second hand
According to our need It will get us profit
We will be so taken by the immortal human we became,
We want to try whatever is possible to make profit
Media, marketing and advertising is everywhere
Architecture is covered, we don’t really care about architecture
Sunlight is blocked by these huge coca cola panels
We are adapting
We hold brands all over us,
To fit in a social circle
It’s about making the best out of what we have
Not only buy a shirt, but tell everyone that you belong to this “club”
Our bodies will evolve
And change We will be cyborgs
Our skin will develop from a passive cover, to a more "advanced" tissue
It will grow the ability to show graphics
A Display We will be mobile billboards
Electronics embedded in our skin will show the latest advertisements
It is profitable
We will start advertising for brand names
Latest offers Delivery hotline… And our own products
Used organs, body parts And humanity
Poem by Firas Safieddine