Reactive Skins
3-day workshop about the representation of identity.
Our appearance and the function of the layers that dress us have many values. We constantly seek how to represent our identity by adapting our skin. Our context has a direct effect on how we dress our skin, both in the material world and in our use of technology.
This project approached identity by working in pairs, and using the factions of each person to mold a piece which would reflect that person’s reaction to a technological environment, and a representation of their visible and invisible identities.
Persona
Persona
Persona
Persona
Persona
Persona
Mask
Mask
Mask
Mask
Mask
Mask
Identity
Identity
Identity
Identity
Identity
Identity
Projection
Projection
Projection
Projection
Projection
Projection
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
Membrane
Membrane
Membrane
Membrane
Membrane
Membrane
Reflection
Reflection
Reflection
Reflection
Reflection
Reflection
Face
Face
Face
Face
Face
Face
Layer
Layer
Layer
Layer
Layer
Layer
Mapping Corpus
Piece 1
Facial recognition can identify a person automatically and assign a name to a face, while an individual’s personality remains hidden inside.
‘Mapping corpus’ wants to show the complexity and the different faces of the invisible identity. The black dots mark the facial mapping points that help detect the physical traits of a person, while the transparent layers of textures symbolise the different aspects of character and invite people to touch and explore what you discover when you’re very close.
Piece 2
The relationship that exists between man and technology is bidirectional. Not only these are established as a possible medium to create, but we assimilate their languages at the same time as we imagine the world and its bodies.
This piece tries to suggest the shapes of the human body once it’s crossed paths with the digital language, like a mapping mesh, or the vectorial trace like for facial recognition, manifesting itself as ornamental elements that can be used to dress.
Panoptic Eyes
Piece 1
The piece is born as a metaphor of the panoptic system, from the subversive re-appropriation of its meaning and image.
When covered, it intimidates and hides the natural identity of who’s inside, while they observe and control the exterior.
When uncovered, it invites an interaction and projection of the multiple identities reflected in the mirrors, both for the person behind it and the person who gets close to it. To build an identity based on identifying traits.
Piece 2
I attempt to read the symbology of materials and combine them creating a molecular structure. Looking for an exaggeration of the panoptic model, the eye is transformed with the control centre through the angular movements of the same pieces.
With a certain discretion, I try to materialise my reflections, following classic writers, artists and other crazy people, about the power of who observes and who is observed. As a consequence, the romantic concept of individual identity is deluded in response to the social pressure of its own projection.
Invadiendo
Piece 1
As our face is the first contact we have with out surroundings, and our mobile phones the medium through which we communicate with those who don’t share our same space, ‘Invadiendo’ (Invading) reflects the existing connection between them.
Piece 2
This relationship builds up to our identity and how we modify it depending on the receptor we are aiming towards. Both parts simulate a skin membrane, that deforms depending on the direction of the radiation we receive.
Work process
the participants worked in 3 pairs, basing their concepts on a short research of each other’s identity.
Every person based their concept on how their partner’s identity is reflected in different contexts, in the technological and tangible world. Based on that they experimented with material experimentation.