By developing practice-based research, through critical and speculative design methodologies, we propose a definition of “skin” not as a univocal boundary of subjective bodies (animal, plants, or other creatures), but as a pluriverse membrane of connection across and between species. Deeply inspired by holistic and posthuman philosophical approaches (such as Braidotti, Pannikar, Escobar, Coccia), the ongoing research feeds such a definition of “pluriverse skins” by experiments on bio-media and the relative spec- ulative scenarios. We present three aspects of the study: a) preliminary reflection about how design is affected and transformed by ecological notions; b) design experiments in bio-media to create skins that can unfold as the carrier of new forms of ecological awareness; c) discussion about the aesthetic of bioskins and implication for the notion of a new post-anthropocentrism at large. Pluriverse Skins offers an alternative look into bio- materials, by the means of practical and speculative inves- tigation: in the paper we discuss how such an approach could contribute to reshaping the meaning of bio production, within the emerging post-anthropocentric paradigm.

Pluriverse Skins. DIY bio production for a post-anthropocentric coexistence

Chiara Scarpitti;
2021

Abstract

By developing practice-based research, through critical and speculative design methodologies, we propose a definition of “skin” not as a univocal boundary of subjective bodies (animal, plants, or other creatures), but as a pluriverse membrane of connection across and between species. Deeply inspired by holistic and posthuman philosophical approaches (such as Braidotti, Pannikar, Escobar, Coccia), the ongoing research feeds such a definition of “pluriverse skins” by experiments on bio-media and the relative spec- ulative scenarios. We present three aspects of the study: a) preliminary reflection about how design is affected and transformed by ecological notions; b) design experiments in bio-media to create skins that can unfold as the carrier of new forms of ecological awareness; c) discussion about the aesthetic of bioskins and implication for the notion of a new post-anthropocentrism at large. Pluriverse Skins offers an alternative look into bio- materials, by the means of practical and speculative inves- tigation: in the paper we discuss how such an approach could contribute to reshaping the meaning of bio production, within the emerging post-anthropocentric paradigm.
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