Presentation:

Designing the human body

Biotalk 13 - with Agi Haines and Isaac Monté

15 Oct 2015

What are the possibilities of using the human body as everyday material? How far can we modify our organs? And how will we respond to these changes? Both speakers of this Biotalk are fascinated by the many possibilities for future designs of the human body. They explore this through manipulating and speculating the inner and outer beauty.

Beers and bites at 18.00. Talk started at 20:00.

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Film still from CIRCUMVENTIVE ORGANS by Agi Haines - A still from surgical film of what it might be like to have this organ fitted. Electrostabilis Cardium acts like a biological defibrillator and contains cells from an electric eel. A still from surgical film of what it might be like to have this organ fitted. Electrostabilis Cardium acts like a biological defibrillator and contains cells from an electric eel. Agi Haines (UK)

Agi Haines

What if we could print skin? Or create new organs? Agi Haines’ work is focused on the design of the human body. How might people respond to the possibilities of our body as another everyday material and how far can we push our malleable bodies while still being accepted by society? Agi made a series of speculative organs that are Frankenstein-esque hybrid and have new functions. This and more about her work during the Biotalk.

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Agi talking about her new project at the Biotalk - Agi explains her new projects at the 'Biotalk: designing the human body' Liz Kunst

Isaac Monté

For his latest project Isaac Monté is manipulating pig-hearts. Together with the VU Department of Ecological Science he takes discarded pig hearts and transform them into elegant vessels for new life. For example by tattooing the hearts. Isaac and Toby Kiers aim to explore how biological interventions and aesthetic manipulation can be used as tools for the ultimate deception: the transformation of inner beauty, from grotesque to perfect.

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Isaac Monté talking about his 20 pighearts - Isaac Monté talking about his 20 pighearts on the Biotalk together with Agi haines. Liz Kunst

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Isaac Monté's manipulated pig hearts - From grotesque to decellularized to dried. This is a winning project of the Bio Art and Design award by Isaac Monté and Toby Kiers of VU Department of Ecological Sciences

Info

Beers and bites: from 18.00
Start talks 20.00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6
Ticket: €3,50 for members, €8,50 for non-members (your mediamatic membership is valid for 9 weeks)

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