How art and design can challenge the way we look at our bodies and ourselves
Everywhere we look in today’s society we are challenge about how a perfect body look like. This inevitably influences the way we look at ourselves. This project explores what happens when we are met with our own visual representation through pictures, thoughts and design.
By studying renowned philosophers, such as K.E. Løgstrup’s and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s thoughts on body perception and real life experiments challenging the personal barriers of showing of your body, a critical and inspiring look on fashion, design and self promotion was established.
This work became the inspirational material for the design of a small collection of bags.
Most sketching and prototyping was done by building models and experimenting with shapes and materials.
Keeping the whole process out in the world of bodies.
A workshop with ordinary people, with different body types and self-perceptions, explored and pushed personal space and barriers. The participants were asked to tell stories about their bodies through movement, words and paint. The workshop was set up as a photo shoot, which forced the participants to relate to the fact, that their stories and their bodies would be captured and eternalized in pictures.
After a while, during the workshop, the participant got used to the camera and experienced an unexpected present with the situation and their body.
The material of the workshop was used quite literal as the sketching foundation of the design process.
As preparation to the workshop, each participant was handed a cultural probe, which answers gave a deeper insight to their self-impressions and their body values and their inter-human relations.