Prosthetic Aesthetics

"Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times." Sigmund Freud

Category Archives: Psychology

The Prosthetic Sea – Poetry, Floatation Chambers, and the Nature of Water

The following essay brings together issues raised during a talk with D. Graham Burnett, editor of Cabinet Magazine and a specialist in the History of Science and of the ocean in particular. … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exilliteratur: Part Five – Rorschach GIF

Leonardo observed that the patterns of nature are recursive, reappearing at different scales: if you focused on cracks in the wall, you would be able to discern rivers, and you … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Exilliteratur: Part Two – Exile and The Space Station

Part two of the series exploring the outer reaches of human technology – beyond art and science. With thanks to Lebbeus Woods (RIP). — What is a space station, except … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

On Anish Kapoor, Part Two: from Microcosm to Narcissism

Is using mirrors “cheating”? While the scale of Anish Kapoor’s work relates to the human body, he often uses colour in its most primitive form – as saturated powder pigments applied … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

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