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Published on May 27, 2016
BIO[lum] SKIN is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture, MAA01 in 2016 by:
STUDENTS Thora H. Arnardottir Noor Elgewely Jessica Dias Ingried Ramirez
FACULTY Manuel Kretzer Anastasia Pistofidou
DESCRIPTION Human activity is having a devastating effect on oxygen levels in the world’s oceans, and could cause parts of the Pacific Ocean to essentially suffocate in as little as 15 years. Warming ocean waters can’t hold as much oxygen as colder water, and researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research say de-oxygenation of the ocean’s warmer upper layers will disrupt marine ecosystems in a big way. Studies have recently found an increase in a microorganism known as phytoplankton. These organisms are responsible for generating oxygen by means of photosynthesis and carrying it to the deep sea, but warmer water means less oxygen and less mixing of ocean layers. This causes a problem as the other ocean organisms living deep below the ocean’s surface may not be able to survive if less oxygen is being brought down. The effects of global warming could dramatically upset the ocean’s natural systems.
We imagine a future that is completely dark. Where humans have evolved into an altered state of organisms, forming a different species interdependent on each other. Humans have had a devastating effect on oxygen levels in the ocean resulting in a inhospitable environment for deep sea creature. They can not survive in the depleted oxygen water anymore and, therefore, retaliated against humans, infested human bodies in order to survive.
Our concept for the skin was to create a new organ as an extension of the human body. We want to host living organisms on our second skin to illuminate the otherwise invisible creatures from the deep sea. Due to scarcity of oxygen resources in the future we are addressing the new territories where organisms can live in more oxygen responsive skins. The human sensory receptors are located in the head with the spinal cord connecting with the body. The spine is rigid but flexible and is therefore ideal for integrating it as an application within the skin to contextualize the ‘organ’ with the body.