NeriOxman___Wanderers___Mushtari_620_413_c1Neri Oxman’s project, Mushtari, is probably one of the most fascinating pieces of art I have ever seen. Mushtari resembles the human gastrointestinal track, and is a piece of wearable 3d printed clothing that houses microorganisms. Not only does it incorporate biology into the art, mixing two of my favorite subjects, but it also was designed to in the future provide actually help with ailments. Out of all the projects in her Wearable Skins collection, I love this one because gastrointestinal issues are rarely discussed, yet they plague a large portion of the population. I find this wild piece that draws attention these health problems while showing the female figure in a way that does not needlessly sexualize, absolutely stunning. This biotechnology was designed to mimic the construction of the human body, while providing the ideal living conditions inside for a variety of microorganisms that theoretically will aid in digesting biomass, absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste. Neri strives to invent functional pieces that are beneficial and are products available to the public. She also has always found nature to be the most amazing engineer, so she strives to find a form for materials by studying nature. The algorithms used follow biological patterns, ordering the 3d printer to print with differences in thickness, opaqueness, and elasticity. Neri’s work is truly a breakthrough, not only for art, but for the medical field as well.

Jupiter’s Wonderer
By Neri Oxman