I made some sketches of how parts of the human body would look in terms of aesthetic. There were different elements on the page:
Heart An aesthetic of an acorn but functions exactly the same as a normal heart.
Bone The bone has plants and vines wrapping around it, acting asa material to travel whether it is climbing or swing or even as stairs. Maybe depends on which bone it is to determine vines properties?
Brain The brain creates flowers and other types of plants as a stimulus. The flower depends on the mood. The brain stem would be formed with branches which could connect to other important features such as the spine and veins
Intestines Aesthetic of a cactus which can be pleasant for anyone!
Aesthetic of leaves with inhaling and exhaling, the leaves are quiet relaxing, you would know if there was something wrong with them if they were to become like the colours in Autumn.
Looking like a rock, moss grows over the top to know if something is wrong. The insides almost work like an american garbage disposal; taking out all the harmful liquids
The could be represented by weeds and different plants and plant like properties. They could be in animal form as well like slugs and caterpillars which destroy plants however it depends on the intensity of disease.
For me this was fun to do as it was playing with the appearance, finding new innovative ways to show something as an organ. As the inside is going to look complete different much like the contrast of the interior/exterior of a house.
Most of the contextual references our group gathered for human anatomy have contained an aspect of nature.
Ana Barboza is a fashion and textiles artist use specifically uses sewing and embroidery. Cliodhna’s artist reference shows a different take on human anatomy. With the floral patterns weaved into the human anatomy it’s nice to see two elements that could have the possibility forming connections.
“An important part of my work revolves around the human body. At first, I used needlework and embroidery to fragment, recompose and decorate the human body. I worked with self-portraits; photographs printed on fabric that were later intervened with embroidery, and decorative patterns that served as camouflage.” – Source Material
Kate McDowell is a ceramicist with influences from Renaissance Italy, Classical and Minoan Greece, Nepal and Thailand. Looking at her work it helps visualise what our world could be. With nature and living creatures living inside the organs.
Enkel Dika is an illustrator who has done a series of illustrations connecting organs and social construct . Looking at his work shows the human work force in the organs. The idea of introducing class systems and tasks, a government to the human body work. Looking at the workforce as gardeners could be a way to take on the world, with plants infused in the human body
So naturally for us as a group we acknowledged this and explore it. When conducting my own research i came across this article online: People are Plants which highlights the work of Cleve Backsters. In his book ‘Primary Perception: Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods, and Human Cells‘ He carried out several experiments showings plants have an emotional response.
“At that time, the plant was about fifteen feet away from where I was standing and the polygraph equipment was about five feet away. The only new thing that occurred was this thought. It was early in the morning and no other person was in the laboratory. My thought and intent was: “I’m going to burn that leaf!” The very moment the imagery of burning that leaf entered my mind, the polygraph recording pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart! No words were spoken, no touching the plant, no lighting of matches, just my clear intention to burn the leaf. The plant recording showed dramatic excitation. To me this was a powerful, high quality observation.” – An excerpt from’Primary Perception…’
Whether it is 100% accurate or not for me makes connections that the human anatomy and the nature world have similarities we are unaware of and that an interpretation of the human body could have an aesthetic of nature which could bring a new twist.
With narrowing down our ideas to the human body we began basic research and sketches based off our findings.
We use reference from the book: ‘The visual dictionary of the human body’ by Mary Lindsey
We divided up our research by looking at different parts of the body; I looked at various organs including the heart, lungs and brain. I based my research off ‘The visual dictionary of the human body’ finding out the basic functions.
Basing the fundamentals of each organ i thought this would determine the complexity of the world.
For example is the brain/nervous system the mind control of the world? does it change the atmosphere of the weather of the world? Looking at how much control does the brain have in the world, would this be the main controls of the world?
The heart is in charge of keeping the blood pumping, is there a workforce, an industry placed in this work to drive an essential economy. Like a windmill or a mechanical cog. It’s function is essential so it is important to keep this organ alive!
Looking at lungs, air breathed goes in and through the lungs. Do civilisations live there almost acting like how trees effect our world?
Looking at the other teams work:
I liked Robert’s idea of the teeth housing villages, a cool concept much like a richer civilisation living in a more high end houses. It could introduce a class hierarchy or system into the world and more damaged teeth could be poorer civilisations.
Cliodhna also made some sketches which i thought were great. Not only thinking of the organs but bone and spine. What if it was a way for travel, seeing the spine as an elevator or staircase. As bones are separate they could resemble ledges and platforms to move up and down the world.
At this point we don’t know whether to limit the world to a head, ribcage, a system, function or a whole body. Depends on the complexity although the idea of a whole body as a world sounds more exciting!
Coming together with all the ideas from the initial mind map we compared artists and sketches.
The idea of the candy world was popular within our group. For myself it was something i only briefly looked into but was not overly interested as i personally find a candy world not as exciting as the worlds we could have explored.
However looking at the research my other team mates have found I could see how a candy world could be explored. Robert mentioned the work of Will Cotton was explored who was the creative drive behind Katy Perry’s ‘Californian Girls.’
Tying in elements I had explored with the edible world and ‘James and the giant peach’ We discussed a world that would end starvation but unfortunately endorse obesity.
With the initial research gathered we narrowed down our ideas to 4.
The human body, candy world, edible (fruit) world and a cloud world. Weighing pros and cons we narrowed it down to the human body. Despite having a considerable amount of interest in the candy world; analysing the idea we had come to the conclusion as a group that a candy world has already been exhausted. The human body was something we thought was interesting and we all grew an interest into anatomy.
Our team to design a world consisted myself, Lorna, Robert and Cloidhna. We created a mind map and with the overwhelming amount of ideas individually we picked elements we found interesting tried to develop ideas through contextual references and drawings.
The human body interested me so i decided to research this idea and briefly on others.
Through research I found’The Corpus Museum; an interactive human biology in the Netherlands. This museum was the first of it’s type opening in 2008, apparently giving a tour through”mind-boggling 5D organ theatres before eventually leading to the brain” (Source material)
Some visitors find the museum unique, some find it disgusting. Despite this it’s been good for imagining a world that carries out functions in order to survive; almost a workforce keeping the body alive. I was thinking what was this world’s purpose. Is the human body a walking breathing organism or more underground like the Easter Island Heads?
It wasn’t until 2012 that the iconic Easter Island heads were said to have torsos; digging up from the ground full bodies attached to these heads with a height of up to 10 metres. Could this aesthetic be applied to our own world. Having the human body like a mineshaft underground but the head acting like an entrance at the top. Having the Prometheus look!
Trying to explore artists I found a surrealist artist called T. Dylan Moore.
As a fine artist and illustrator he combines the female form and nature. Whilst all of his work may not be relevant to anatomy but a couple of his pieces do feature the body as apart of a civilisation. Using this artist as influence; could the world function not inside the human body but on the body. Civilisations of organisms growing and creating on human skin. The human just acts as a host and like in Moore’s work; the host is a factotum with multiple responsibilities of keeping themselves and others alive.
Continuing on that thought; thinking of the Hannibal Season 1 episode 2 “Amuse-Bouche” where Will Graham comes across a plot of land where the human body become the organic substance for plants and organisms. They may seem dead but in a twist of events it turns out the bodies where actually alive which is what kept the organisms existing. Of course this is a very dark and possibly sadistic way to have the world but the concept that the host is powerless is interesting.
(This was the most ‘PG’ still of the episode i could find. This doesn’t do justice!)
Another idea i had was a a world inside an animal but with cyberpunk elements and it becoming more like a mechanical bee. I thought in my brain I took this directly from a Coca Cola advertising campaign; ‘The Happiness Factory.’ which won an Emmy, created by animation company Psyop.
However this contains no mechanical bees so i will assume my idea was struck by my brain combining two ideas together (I’m gonna guess Bioshock since there is bee plasmids. We will never know!)
Moving on to other ideas such as an edible world made me think of James and the Giant Peach and having a world carved into fruit. A tiny civilisation in a small, condensed, mushy space.
As reference I found the full movie on ‘Daily Motion.’ The book created by Roald Dahl and the movie adaption created by director Henry Selick. The film was created over three years using stop motion animation and live action film.
James and the Giant Peach: Full Movie
Through looking at contextual research i found this surrealist piece created by DeviantArt user: Futuregrrl who took inspiration from James and the Giant Peach.
This piece of work visualised for myself a world with an edible fruit and how it could be a gateway to another world entirely. Also thinking if there could be multiple fruit with multiple parallel universes. (possibly visualised on a fruit tree?)