The development of artificial intelligence makes us separate further from nature and fall out of synchronization. Meanwhile, the climate has been dramatically changed due to human activities, making significant influences on other species. Responding to this situation, Fluid Landscape is a speculative design for post-human. A.I. is embedded in the human skin through DNA-programming to scan the environment and adapt to it. Therefore, human become radical symbiosis with nature. This project questions the definition of human as well as humanity with the development of A.I and DNA-editing: Will human disappear from nature or will nature be totally manipulated by the human?
I start with researching on animals from amoeba to chameleon and octopus, which are famous for camouflage but in different methods. Octopus modify their hues by accumulating and dispersing pigment within the cells. While chameleons adjust their layers of cells to create different reflections. These cells are shaped in nanocrystal with many surfaces.
Referring to principles of chameleon's skin, I focus on structural design and material experiments in order to make a dynamic reflection. And several testings, I finalize the design and use rubber to cast the 3D prints as a mould for samples made of agar and a light-sensitive material.
Corresponding to physical prototypes, a concept video is made to demonstrate how it works. In the first part, DNA-programmed skin acquires input from the 3D scanning of the surroundings, which process is presented by a point cloud model using LiDAR data from USGS Earth Explorer. In the second part, skin cells adapt to these LiDAR data simultaneously. An animation is rendered to demonstrate the process at distinct level. Finally, as a result, people radically blend into the landscape.
Advisor: Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby
Exhibited at Major Major, New York 2017
Teyssier, Jérémie, Suzanne V. Saenko, Dirk Van Der Marel, and Michel C. Milinkovitch. "Photonic crystals cause active colour change in chameleons." Nature News. March 10, 2015. Accessed July 27, 2017. https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms7368.