Speculative Prosthetics

A selection of pieces made for living and static bodies and body-sites.

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Fingers

Cast from the fingers of many volunteers, these wearable artefacts incorporate a variety of ‘second skins’ made from body cast hands. They are reconfigured into strings that represent a hybridised, collective identity, defamiliarising ways of wearing ‘things that fit’ an individual body. Presented in interactive contexts, these prosthetics propose questions around who made to measure pieces are made for (and by whom), how pieces that don’t quite ‘fit’ might be worn, and the ways that we can discover this information.

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Terrains

Prosthetics cast from latex and precious metals, part-way between skin and geology, applied to bodies and environments.

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Tarryn Handcock_Site Prosthetics

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Topos

Inverted studies of an interior of a hand, inspired by readings of Rainer Maria Rilke.

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Palm of The Hand

Rainer Maria Rilke

October 1924*

 

Palm of the hand. Sole that has ceased to walk

on anything but feeling. That faces up

and in the mirror

receives heavenly streets, in themselves

mutable.

That has learnt to walk on water

when it fetches water,

that walks over wells,

transmuter of every way.

That appears in other hands,

turning its own kind

into a landscape:

wanders, arrives in them,

with arrival fills them.

 

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Project Overview

Soft prosthetics for building alternative terrains and skins, on bodies and in environments.

Created using casting and moulding techniques and materials. Two approaches are used during the creative process – an iterative method and a site-responsive method – which are combined in the final outcomes.

 

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References

*Rilke, RM 1981, ‘Palm of the Hand’, in M Hamburger (ed.), Poems 1912-1926, Black Swan Books, Redding Ridge, Connecticut, p. 95.