|sk-interfaces. Exploding Borders – Creating Membranes
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 deconstruction 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 and 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.
The book accompanies the landmark exhibition (of the same name) at FACT in Liverpool, within the cities year as European Capital of Culture. Hauser’s curatorial concept for the exhibition reflects that of the book, involving a multidisciplinary approach to the topic; between art, science, politics, philosophy and architecture.
Welcoming sk-interfaces to FACT
Who’s Afraid of the In-Between?
The Return of Marsyas: Creative Skin
McLuhan and the Body as Medium
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
Feel Me, Touch Me: The hymNext Project
In the Face of the Victim: Confronting the Other in the Tissue Culture and Art Project
Secularisme, Preface from Michel Serres, The Troubadour of Knowledge
The Fusional Haptics of Art Orienté objet
Marsyas – besides myself
Extra Ear: Ear on Arm
The Telepresence Garment
World Skin: A photo safari in a land of war
Critical Art Ensemble
The Office of Experiments’ Truth Serum Threat: Notes on the Psychopharmacology of Truthfulness
Wim Delvoye’s Sybille II
Immobile, Bleu... Remix!
Biological Habitat: Developing Living Spaces
Light, only light
The Midas Project
Olivier Goulet’s Skinbag Corps.EXT