Mr. Yang foresees an end to socially coded distinctions between human and object in the wake of this new class of designed, semi-human beings. These creations represent a “new vision of the sublime” as the designer sees it, one that blends awe and excitement with a distinct feeling of dread, or fear arising from the uncanny connection between self and object. Projects of such experimental character are often signposts for the future, just as bauhaus designers like Marianne Brandt laboriously hammered her tea infusers to shape in 1924, imagining a future of more automated, machine production.
In collaboration with Dr. Patricia Dankers, Tu/eindhoven.
Text by William Myers
Semi-human Vase I, 2015,
MK2 Cells on PLA based Scaffold, 55 x 40 x 20 cm