Deeply affected by Donna Haraway’s writing, 'New Skin' is Mayumi Hosokura‘s proposition for a new way of thinking about identity, the body and desire. Its origin is one single, large-scale digital collage which Hosokura created using clippings from old gay magazines, statues, and found selfies, together with her own photographs’ specifically choosing to use images of male figures only. Subsequently cut into 12 separate pieces the resulting fragments blur the boundaries between man and woman, human and animal, living and non-living beings; hybrid works that reimagine what it means to be human and which unsettle social conventions of desire. Drawing on feminist theory and current technological innovations, 'New Skin' anticipates the future of the body in a time of advancing digital and bio-technologies.
From German Dasein (“there-to be”), from da (“there”) + sein (“to be”).
(philosophy) Being; especially the nature of being; existence, presence, hereness, suchness, essence.
The chair is designed by human, and now the chair designs human back in an unexpected way. We want our designs to serve us, but we never expect such side-effect would happen.
If we see this occurrence from an overall point of view, are we, human, actually designing ourselves?
The second part of the project, “Self, who?” aims to address the question asked above, which would involve Martin Heidegger’s thoughts around the concept of ontology and how designers today embed ontology into design so as to find out how we, human are designed by who.
Are we designed? How are we designed? We are designed by who? How to define ourselves in this designed world?
Findings around the problems are presented in this part. There is no answer. It is all about asking questions, putting forward hypothesis and thinking.
Are we the designers
or the designed?
with Jason Silva
March 10, 2015
Summer / Spring
Campaign & RTW