It’s Human Nature

Human beings and the rest of the natural world have always had a relationship that seemed at odds with each other’s instinctual goals. Commonalities and differences aside, the most inspiring thing about it is the potential for shared biological processes that can benefit both worlds.

An accelerated development in the present world sees bioengineering and cross-species cloning having an impact in people’s perceptions of what it means to be a human being. New questions have arisen that spark both enthusiastic hope for the evolution of mankind but also critical warnings centred around, among other things, our relationship with a spiritual, higher order or plan.

‘It’s Human Nature’ is a project speculating a world where human beings and the processes of the natural world have assimilated through the fashion of the time. Set in a far future where the world is in a cycle of climate change, human beings have become spiritually sensitive to the power and might of the natural world as a force to respect and, as is the case with our nomad, join with in order to bring about a new meaning of peace. Coexistence.

The garment of the nomad is a visual interpretation of a recycling process similar to that of the processes of nature at the ground level. Waste material (in this case trash and rubbish from a former humanity) is converted into nutrients for the nomad to grow human “flowers” on his body. Through pollination with other life-forms the flowers bring about seeds that, as spread around by the nomad, sow the future of rejuvenation and coexistence.

The course was an abstract vehicle for students to learn new skills in both designing around the body as a platform and understanding some of the ways developments in science and technology can alter the future of the design discipline.