MA Material Futures, Runner Up, 2016
Tina Gorjanc explores how advances in human tissue technology will potentially redefine our concept of luxury, to chilling effect. Cosmetic conglomerates are already profiting from unregulated access to our DNA, to pioneer a new age of luxury goods. Tina does the same by using the DNA of designer Alexander McQueen, from a hair featured in his earliest collections. Using the extracted hair, she has developed a glamorous selection of leatherwear directly modelled on the designer’s skin. The origin of her apparently harmless luxury product begs the question, where do boundaries lie when employing human DNA?
When asked about her work, Tina says: “The primary goal of ‘Pure Human’ is to address shortcomings concerning the protection of biological information, and move the debate forward using current legal structures.”
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