Digital Artifacts

Bart Hess

Fashion & Textile | Material

Bart Hess (1984) uses new and existing materials in an innovative way. He combines his material studies with animation and photography. He graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven and has collaborated with the likes of Lucy McRae, Nick Knight, Lady Gaga, Iris van Herpen and Walter van Beirendonck.

Digital Artifacts
During the 2013 Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, with ‘Digital Artifacts’ Bart presented a look into a future of cyborg couture, where glitches play across our skin and transform our bodies. A network of geometric reflective pools of molten wax. A body is plunged into the liquid. A crust of wax crystallises around its curves and folds, layer by layer, like a 3D printer drawing directly onto the skin. Once emerged, the body is encased in a ready-made prosthetic layer.

Bart: “Our bodies are endlessly photographed, monitored and laser scanned with millimeter precision. From this context of surveillance, facial recognition, avatars and virtual ghosts, we imagine a near future where digital static, distortions and glitches become ornaments.”

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