What Our Bodies Could Look Like

At first sight one might be easily deceived by the appearances of Agi Haines. She may seem a friendly and nice woman, but have a closer look at her work and you’ll be surprised by modified baby faces, flying brains and autonomous organs…

Agi is a speculative designer. She will challenge Reality.

About the speaker

Most people see reality as something quite firm and precise. It is, naturally, ever-changing, but pretty precise, based on facts, structures and well organized systems. The human body, for example, is one of the most majestically designed systems around. All our bodily functions blend harmoniously together, but the form in which we are created is pretty standard, isn’t it? We all have two legs, two hands and a beautiful set of eyes. But what if it doesn’t have to be so? What if you could redesign or enhance certain parts as you please, to serve different purposes? One person decided to play with these perspectives and re-imagine our physical form as a system of interchangeable parts.

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? What if you could have eyes that film at the same time the happenings of everyday life? What if you could have the circulatory system of an animal that is very resistant to cold, to help you survive in the arctic? And all of this could be possible by 3D printing body parts by using cells instead of ink or other materials. What would stop us from designing better parts to complete our systems?

After completing her masters in the Design Interactions department at the Royal College of Art, she is now studying for a PhD within an interdisciplinary research group called CogNovo. Working amongst various artists and scientists with a research focus on creativity and cognition, her inspiration comes from the weird and wonderful things that exist inside us. Questioning how our morbid curiosity for the viscera of life might affect the future of design, not only for the environment but also for us as sentient sacks of flesh within it?

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