Kombucha Skin

BIO[LUM] SKIN
infestation and symbiosis of deep sea creatures in humans of the future

We imagine a future that is completely dark. Where humans have evolved into an altered state of organisms, forming different species interdependent on each other. Humans have had a 

devastating effect on ocean oxygen levels, resulting in an inhospitable environment for deep sea creatures. Causing deoxygenation of the ocean’s warmer upper layers and disrupting marine ecosystems. These organisms cannot survive in the depleted oxygen water anymore and, therefore, retaliate against humans and infested human bodies in order to survive. The human race has undergone a paradigm shift, engaged in a symbiotic relationship with other organisms. These organisms grow out from the spinal cord as the human sensory receptors are located in the head and can release light through a chemical reaction that the new organisms produce.

Our concept for the skin was to create a new organ as an extension of the human body. We want to host living organisms on our second skin to illuminate the otherwise invisible creatures from the deep sea. Due to the scarcity of oxygen resources in the future, we are addressing the new territories where organisms can live in more oxygen-responsive skins. The human sensory receptors are located in the head, with the spinal cord connecting with the body. The spine is rigid but flexible and is therefore ideal for integrating it as an application within the skin to contextualize the ‘organ’ with the body.

The skin was made from Kombucha (a co-culture of yeast and cellulose-producing bacteria) grown in a container of sweet green tea with a bioplastic rib-cage with a spine made from agricultural byproducts such as gelatine and food waste. The spine is rigid but flexible and is therefore ideal for integrating it as an application within the skin to contextualize the ‘organ’ with the body.

Bio[LUM] Skint was developed during Skin2 Seminar at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) at the Master in Advanced Architecture program in 2016.

 

Project by: Thora H Arnardottir, Jessica Dias, Noor El-Gewely, Ingried Ramirez 

Tutors: Manuel Kretzer & Anastasia Pistofidou

EXHIBITIONS :

(2016) BIO[lum] SKIN. Work exhibited at the 3rd edition of Digital Fashion & Wearables in FAB12 symposium, Shenzhen, China.

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