Arts Thread: Privacy Helmets And Vanity Prosthetics In Poland

Arts Thread: Privacy Helmets And Vanity Prosthetics In Poland

The Łódź Design Festival in Poland explores the intricacies between the human body, science, and design.

Calum Ross
  • 31 october 2011

The Łódź Design Festival, Poland is drawing to a close this weekend but there’s still a chance to visit ‘Design Faction’, one of the event’s must-see exhibitions. The show features the work of twelve international creatives including Dominic Wilcox, Gerard Rallo and Ludwig Zeller, all of whom are displaying pieces which explore the intrinsic relationship between science, the human body and design.

Olivia Decaris and Hina Thibaud of Studio Duho are exhibiting their ‘Cache-Cache’ headpiece. Designed to improve the comfort of women living in the city, as well as provide the wearer with privacy, the piece of millinery appears somewhat like a knight’s helmet from medieval times when the laser cut lattice is pulled down over the face.

Vilma Jaruseviciute’s ‘Urban Dolls’ pokes fun at urban society’s obsession with beauty and perfection and the lengths some individuals will go to in order to combat ageing. ‘Urban Dolls’ is a temporary solution for those who wish to go under the knife and have cosmetic surgery. When worn, Vilma’s flexible prosthetics can give the illusion of a trout pout or defined cheek bones in seconds!

Dominic Wilcox has created a rather odd looking piece of apparatus which allows the user to use touchscreen devices such as smart-phones using only one hand. The prosthetic nose acts as an extra hand, allowing the wearer to point and touch the screen. We can’t help but think of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ when we look at this though…

Design Faction is curated by Kasia Jezowska and developed in partnership with the British Council.

Łódź Design Festival runs until the 30th of October

Photography by Maya Art.

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[Written by Calum Ross. Originally published on the Arts Thread blog. Republished with kind permission.]

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