MUTABLE DRUGS [FICTIONAL MATERIALS]
MUTABLE DRUGS [FICTIONAL MATERIAL]
New material sciences and material technologies work ambitiously to come up with materials that do not exist in nature yet, such as space-time crystals, ghost cloaking devices or superabsorbant surfaces. Through transforming the inherent properties of physical matter and energy into new visible and audible phenomena, new material technologies potentially recompose and narrate imaginative worlds of human wishes.
From a cultural perspective, an awareness is growing towards an anthropocentric environment, understanding ecologies, material and energy flux in everyday life, meeting technology there.
Out of that, an emphasized new understanding – a reinvention of new universal material languages could be seen concerning human experiences, desires and cognition – plausible enough to unbound risks, benefits and desires to re-imagine new relationships with our surroundings –how to act, emphasise or collide, how to disappear and reappear.
In narratives, protagonists, such as in H.G. Wells or A. Doyle´s novels, are discovering, surviving, rescuing, taking revenge or convicting through synthesised substances or forensic material samples. Unusual materials here, enforce us, besides their technical performances, to affect our ways of belief and thought in new ways, like once in alchemy. So, is there an encounter of newer alchemist´s to build on stories, or in other words, a far-reaching web of thought in scientific experimentation?
Fictional Materials propose a critical approach to the genuine advances of physical resonances between human´s needs, narratives, and upcoming technologies. The project is based on the thesis Fictional Material, are you there? – An Exploration into Technology, Alchemy and Imagination to find the Desirable Substance (2012).
Mutable Drugs (Category Medicals):
What role might sensual feedback in medication and healing processes play in the future?
Medicine becomes personalised, so the doctor´s voice we are listening nowadays is getting mixed with references from other media, filling up our head with stories and beliefs. In this video, a way of drug delivery is proposed through an intense reaction of bubbles representing medical delivery through the skin. In this treatment, the glycerin acts sensitive on different body temperature and blood pressure.
The material´s abilities might come best into play while being in a warm, mild spa-like atmosphere, where our body takes over our attention.
How does this material event, a celebration of medication, triggers our imagination towards healing processes? Not at least medicine incorporates suggestibility, which plays a significant role in this setting.
In the future, it might be important to redesign drug trials and ways of medication.
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