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Artificial skin : architectural metamorphosis of the body through the surface. (2016)

TESIS: (Thesis)

Title: Artificial skin: architectural metamorphosis of the body through the surface. (2016)

  • Author(s): Brezo Alcoceba López-Araquistain
  • Director(s): Atxu Amann Alcocer.
  • Summary: The body, as an organized set of parts that shape the organism, is a metamorphic entity. The human being seeks to continue this mutant condition that characterizes him, through various actions of an architectural nature. From the observation of natural processes, the individual is artificially self-defined, transforming his innate reality into a distorted version of himself. By addition, subtraction or modification, the skin as the last natural layer, becomes a canvas of primordial plastic manipulation to ensure existence and control identity, individual and collective. The experimental evolution of these primary interventions allows to supplant the natural skin by a constructed reinterpretation; an exempt and detachable skin with which to project a different self provisionally. The constant use of this removable and interchangeable prosthesis, causes the naked body to transform into a clothed body, in a social environment in which nudity ceases to be the natural state of the human being. Artificial skin is built by a great diversity of project processes, with the transformation of the two-dimensional surface into three-dimensional envelope the most used throughout the existence of clothing. The plane, conceived as the main format of human coating, adapts to its topographic irregularity by modeling, drilling, fragmentation, plotting, parameterization and interaction, transforming into an increasingly complex and perfect envelope. Its design involves the consideration of variables such as dimension and scale, function and shape, structure, material and construction, technique and instruments. Clothing is an individual housing architecture, a bodily boundary that relates the space between the outside and the interior, the alien and the very, the you and the self; a concrete and abstract filter simultaneously; an interface where the dress is the continent and the body its content.
  • Abstract: The body as a whole, organized of parts that make up the organism, is a metamorphic entity. The human being seeks to give continuity to this mutant condition which characterizes him through various actions of architectural character. From the observation of the natural processes, the individual defines itself artificially, its transforming innate reality into a distorted version of itself. By addition, subtraction or modification, the skin, as the last natural layer, becomes canvas of primary plastic handling in order to ensure the existence and to control the identity, both individual and collective. The experimental evolution of these primary interventions allows to impersonate the natural skin by a constructed reinterpretation; a free and detachable skin together with which to be able to project, temporarily, a different “I”. The constant use of this removable and interchangeable prosthesis causes the naked body to be transformed into a dressed body, in a social setting in which the nudity is no longer the natural state of the human being. The artificial skin is constructed by a variety of projectual processes; the most used throughout the existence of the outfit is transforming the two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional covering. The plan, conceived as the main human lining format, adapts to its topographic irregularity by modeling, drilling, fragmentation, outline, parameters and interaction, thus becoming a type of increasingly more complex and perfect covering. Its design implies the consideration of different variables such as the dimension and the scale, the function and the shape, the structure, the material and the construction, the technique and the instruments. The clothing is an individual residential architecture, a body boundary which relates the space between outside and inside, between the external and the self, between “you” and “I”; at the same time a specific and abstract filter; an interface where the dress is the container and the body its content.
  • Link: http://oa.upm.es/40268/

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