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Friday 14 September, 3-9pm
A project by Nestor Pestana with Deborah Tchoudjinoff
Advancements in biotechnology are providing us with a new perspective on what it is to be human – that we are in fact an ecosystem made up of trillions of micro-organisms which live within and on our bodies. Not only that, they extend beyond our skin forming invisible clouds of microbes, called microbial plumes.
The microbial plume is unique to each of us. As we interact with our surroundings, we leave behind parts of it, making it possible to trace it back to each person’s unique identity, where we have been, who we have been with, and our microbial make up.
An evening where visitors were invited to experience simulations of your microbial plume through an immersive installation. Presented alongside this were prototypes of fashion artefacts that embody personality archetypes of a speculative scenario exploring the microbial plume and its possible cultural interactions.
Installation supported by Holition.
‘The Anthropocene Body – Plumial Space’ was part of Arcade East’s summer programme, which focused on Sustainability and Innovation. Ranging from A Toolkit for the Future, a day of speculative design workshops in collaboration with the V&A’s The Future Starts Here exhibition programme, to a series of events during the London Design Festival in September including OPEN SESAME, an installation by 2017 Fashion Space Gallery Design resident Charlotte Maeva Perret, it focused on challenging notions around design processes and the workings of the fashion system.