Sk-interfaces

Jens Hauser

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ISBN: 9781846311499

Publication: February 1, 2008

Series: FACT

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Skin represents a place where art, science, philosophy and social culture intersect. With a growing number of bodily extensions and the continuous discovery of new areas – physical, virtual and psychological – the clear distinctive lines between individuals, countries and even species are beginning to blur. Advances in bio-medical research together with deconstructivist theories in philosophy are reflected in the work of many artists using skin, materially or metaphorically, as an interface, whose work goes beyond the descriptive surface of the skin, to explore issues of xeno-transplants, trans-species and trans-racial exchanges. In recent years, a trend towards the analysis of skin, its functions and meanings, has emerged in the practice of many artists using wet biology, bio-architecture and self-experimentation. Jens Hauser has been involved in much of the development in this area. Bound in a unique thermochromic cover (designed by artist Zane Berzina), this book provides an engaging, critical and thought-provoking approach to how current technologies are changing our perceptions of the body, the self and the interactions between bodies. Edited by one of the leading curators in (bio)technology based art and including contributions from 25 major international artists, scholars and critics in this field, this provocative art and text book examining some of the most contentious moral, aesthetical and philosophical issues of our day will complement the exhibition and encourage debate within this exponentially growing field.

Welcoming sk-interfaces to FACT – Mike Stubbs Culturing Change – Marta Rupérez Who’s Afraid of the In-Between? – Jens Hauser The Return of Marsyas: Creative Skin – Stéphane Dumas McLuhan and the Body as Medium – Richard Cavell Endogenous Design of Biofacts: Tissues and Networks in Bio Art and Life Science – Nicole C. Karafyllis Fitter, Better, Stronger, Faster – John A. Hunt e-skin: Research into Wearable Interfaces, Cross-modal Perception and Communication for the Visually Impaired on the Mediated Stage – Jill Scott Feel Me, Touch Me: The hymNext Project – Julia Reodica In the Face of the Victim: Confronting the Other in the Tissue Culture and Art Project – Adele Senior Harlequin Coat – Orlan Secularism, Preface from Michel Serres, The Troubadour of Knowledge The Fusional Haptics of Art Orienté pbjet – Marion Laval-Jeantet Marsyas – beside myself – Kira O’Reilly Extra Ear: Ear on Arm – Stelarc The Telepresence Garment – Eduardo Kac World Skin: A photo safari in a land of war – Maurice Benayoun Why Immolation? – Critical Art Ensemble The Office of Experiments’ Truth Serum Threat: Notes on the Psychopharmacology of Truthfulness – Nicolas Langlitz Wim Delvoye’s Sybille II – Ralf Kotschka Immobile, Bleu... Remix! – Yann Marussich Biological Habitat: Developing Living Spaces – Zbigniew Oksiuta Light, only light – Jun Takita The Midas Project – Paul Thomas Re-thinking Touch – Zane Berzina Olivier Goulet’s SkinBag Corps.EXT – Fabienne Stahl Biographies Funders and Supporters sk-index

... this book reacts to the body heat of the reader, [the cover]changing colour on contact, fading from bright orange to reveal a whitesurface with a texture not that far from some kind of skin...the book endpapers also reveal printed skin patterns...If the complexity of these external and internal surfaces intrigues you, then so will the ideas contained within them.
  Times Higher Education Supplement

And what a book it is! Liverpool University Press has taken academic publishing into the next phase with this book in its integration of various modes for representing knowledge production.
Richard Cavell  

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

160 Pages

ISBN: 9781846311499

Publication: February 1, 2008

Series: FACT

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