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HUMAN+ CARBON-

In a time when technology is increasingly moving onto and into our bodies, and smart phones have become prostheses for our brains, how do we feel about becoming more and more entangled in technology, even for essential bodily functions such as breathing? Have we grown so accustomed to digital technology and electronics that wearing something biological on our bodies feels more unnatural to us than wearing something electronic? And will we choose to adapt our own bodies to the environmental effects of the anthropocene through more technology, or will we find strategies to reduce our impact on our surroundings? 

HUMAN+ CARBON- explores the merging of technology and the human body in a series of speculative body enhancements that aim at reducing the wearers carbon footprint and environmental impact.

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EXTERNAL LUNG ENHANCER
The “External Lung Enhancer” is a wearable that cleans the air when breathing. It is attached to the wearers nose is coated with nano-titanium-dioxide, which breaks down pollutants through photocatalysis.[1]

BACTERIAL SKIN LIGHT
The “Bacterial Skin Light” is a make-up like chalk that creates natural light on the body, created by applying skin bacteria that has been modified to contain bioluminescent proteins.

 

MEAT ALLERGY TICK
The “Meat Allergy Tick” is a tick which carries proteins that cause humans to develop a meat allergy when bitten,[2] acquired voluntarily by people aiming to to control their meat consumption habits for environmental purposes.

POLLUTION COLLECTING DISK
The “Pollution Collecting Disk” is a wearable which collects pollutants such as fine dust particles by generating an electrostatic field.

ALGAE CO2 FILTER
The “Algae CO2 Filter” is a wearable which can be filled with air permeable spheres containing CO2 consuming algae.

[1] See also: California Energy Commission, Evaluation of Titanium Dioxide as a Photocatalyst for Removing Air Pollutants, http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007publications/CEC-500-2007-112/CEC-500-2007-112.PDF

[2] See also: Hunt, E., Tick bites that trigger severe meat allergy on rise around the world, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/07/tick-bites-that-trigger-severe-meat-allergy-on-rise-around-the-world

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Project kindly supported by KHOJ International Aritsts Association, New Delhi, India
and Fraunhofer Institute for Responsible Research and Innovation, Berlin, Germany

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