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  • the body as an image machine

    the body as an image machine
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    thesis 2008 sci_arc advisor elena manferdini

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    thorne RANSOM: the body has been used to determine a sense of proportions in relationship to units of measure and used to create the notion of scale.these are based on an ideal form of the body, describing what is beauty due to what is normal. this notion of beauty in the body comes from the larger worldview associated with classical western notions of the body in the way of anthropocentricity.


    this was in large part due to a paradigm based on christianity and the division of the universe into terrestrial and celestial bodies, with the earth (man) being at the center of it all and everything else revolving around us, the human body as the center of the universe. religious dogma ruled all knowledge until the notions and ideologies in science came along and challenged this, thus began a change in the notion of “body” and its role in the universe.
    the body can be perceived beyond the formal representations and looked at in a transparent way. the body is an image machine; it is a living organism that has many layers that make up its whole. the beauty can no longer be external if looking past the frame of the body. it can be an internal view of a singular or multiple parts that in them selves hold the key to our vitality.
    the system of imagery that is associated with death is the bones, a seemingly lifeless frame. the musculoskeletal is a system consisting of the skeleton, made by bones attached to other bones with joint, skeletal muscle attached to the skeleton by tendons. this is a necessary part of the motion of the body. they function to move, support, and protect the various organs of the body, produce red and white blood cells and store minerals. the bones also have layers that make them up; this system is a vital part in the notion of the body.
    to expose this system would bring up the imagery of death, the deformation of what is normal. inverting the layers of the body, exposing and reorganizing it to give challenge to what is beauty and how will it be defined. the removal of the skin and internal organs of the body exposes the bones, opposite a fillet. the musculoskeletal system that is left is that of a living organism, its relationships of its parts to its connections and to other parts, is vital in the understanding of what is living. death, no longer associated with the skeleton, can now be redefined as an imagery tool for the reformation of the body.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    tR: the human anatomy \ elena manferdini, hernan diaz alonso

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    tR:i was listening to: asura, front line assembly, and delerium.

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    tR: elena manferdini, asymptote, zaha hadid, hernan diaz alonso, tom wiscombe, steven ma, neil m. denari

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