BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future
What does the future of the human body look like? The designers and artists featured in BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future explore our bodies’ moral and technological boundaries. Human beings have been improved, protected and made more attractive for centuries. But technological advances mean that this process is now accelerating. BodyDrift is about the recent history and future of the human body. It offers a survey of where we are today and presents an interactive exploration of the new human being in a spectacular exhibition designed by Bart Hess and Harm Rensink.
From ‘objects to wear’ to ‘beyond the body’
The exhibition’s starting point is the Design Museum Den Bosch’s collection of modern jewellery. These wearable sculptures are accompanied by early and revolutionary attempts to connect humans and technology, such as the renowned TV Helmet – a portable living room by the avant-garde designer Walter Pichler. But the blending of human and machine is interrogated too: in her Biometric Mirror, for example, Lucy McRae invites viewers to look in a mirror. Rather than a reversed image of reality, however, what they see is an idealized face generated by algorithms. BodyDrift also features projects that leave the natural body behind. Fredrik Heyman makes exuberant digital tomb monuments, Neri Oxman develops exquisite death masks and the fashion collective The Fabricant designs virtual clothing.
BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future not only shows you how the human body is changing, it changes your own body too. Step into Walter Pichler’s portable living room, lie down in Frank Kolkman’s Dream Machine, gaze into Lucy McRae’s Biometric Mirror, have your emotions traced out by a biometric robot arm, or take your place in Arvid + Marie’s Smart Automatic Full Body Manipulator: your body will never seem the same again.
Exhibition ‘BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future’
Design Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
until 4 October, 2020
Exhibition photography: Ben Nienhuis