Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013 [LIS] Portugal
metalocus, CANDELA OLIVA
Still taken from Digital Artefacts by POSTmatter in collaboration with Bart Hess
How do you imagine the garment of a perfect future? Bart Hess envisions a cyborg symbiosis, a textile that wraps and transforms our body, moulding our imperfections and creating an analogy between the corruption of the body and the corruption of software. The proposal was made a few days ago in the form of a performance at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013. Today, we bring you the beautiful pictures of the act.

In his new work Bart Hess looks at a future of cyborg couture, where glitches play across our skin and transform our bodies.

Digital Artefacts was presented during the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon as part of the exhibition Future Perfect curated by Liam Young. Future Perfect is a fictional, future city. A think tank of scientists, technologists, designers, artists and science fiction authors have collectively developed this imaginary place, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains. The exhibition is a stage set for a collection of fictions, emerging infrastructures and design experiments that can be inhabited as large-scale districts of the future city.

For the youth tribes of Future Perfect the body is a site for adaption, augmentation and experimentation. They celebrate the corrup­tion of the body data by moulding within their costumery all the imperfections of a decaying scan file.

Shimmering in the exhibition landscape is a network of geometric reflec­tive pools of molten wax. Their mirrored surface is broken by a body, suspended from a robotic harness, plunging into the liquid. A crust of wax crystallisesread more


Bart Hess (1984) explores several fields combining material studies, animation and photography in a surrealist manner. With his fascination for the human body and the manipulation of it, Hess pushes the boundaries of the textile design profession: his designs transcend the craft, as Hess chooses to extend them via other media such as film, photography and animation. His futuristic more