Cue in Tubascular – a prosthetic concept design that attempts to challenge the role of the human body from both a biological and architectural point-of-view. In one sense, it’s a wearable. In another, it will attain a symbiotic relationship with one’s internal vascular system.
“While the body, invaded and dilated by technology becomes architecture, architecture in turn looks to the body not as a model of order and formal measurement but as a model of sensitivity, flexibility, intelligence and communicative capacity. Whereas the body designs its own spatial expansion, architecture designs its corporeal future.. New convergence between body and architecture – Post-Organic.”
– Maria Luisa Palumbo
New Wombs: Electronic Bodies and Architectural Disorders
Achieving so would require an injection of specialized liquid flowing through the prosthetic’s tubes into the internal arteries. It would then cause a technologically-enabled doping transformation of sorts, revitalizing both the health and appearance of the skin. Like architecture, we’d treat the human body as something which we can build upon and transform.
The human body has always been perceived as a blank canvas to many throughout history, something of which can be altered in any number of ways. Whether we were sticking needles into our flesh or injecting ink for aesthetic pleasure, we were never truly satisfied with the human biological substrate as is. And today we’re taking it many steps further by using advanced technologies to transform the human body once more. We remain a blank canvas, but our paintbrushes are no longer ink and needles; they are 3D printed prosthetic devices, cybernetics, nano-robotics, and gene editing. Oh, what a time to be alive. Oh, what a time to be human!
Photo Credit: Daphnie Costi