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Body As Form Student Projects

Project 2 The Body By Extension

The human body is a complex combination of muscle, tissue and bone that when used in tandem can exert force with great dexterity into space - think of tools, sports equipment and weapons. Understanding how this happens one can build objects to withstand the natural forces structures are under to perform actions away from the body. These forces are compression, tension, shear and torsion defined as follows- • Compression is a pressing force • Tension is a pulling force • Shear is a sliding force • Torsion is a twisting force Students began by making drawings of simple movements, flexing, pulling, picking up, pushing, twisting, etc. with the goal of trying to capture and understand the mechanical nature of the body and its actions. The class discussed Richard Serra's verb list as a means an example of focusing the vocabulary and conceptual framework for design and making. Also discussed were the works by Roni Horn, Alexander McQueen, prosthetics, the puppetry of Basil Twist and Mummenschanz, et al. In addition to demonstrating a verb or action which extends from the body, students were asked to make a mark and sign their name or initials with the body extension.

 



The above video is by Anna Karpman, produced to document her Body as Extension project for class.
Additional student project examples are listed below.

 

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