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PROTHESIS GALLIVANTIS (Graduate ArtEZ, 2020)

Arms Prothesis — © Kas Hermkens

questions an outdated view of prostheses, one where they are seen as clumsy and inhumane. The body extensions are not functional, but purely impressionistic, made for flirting with your body and use dance as a narrative medium.

PROTHESIS GALLIVANTIS

In recent developments, a connection has been invented between muscle, prosthesis and brain that ensures that the world of prostheses will develop in a rapid pace. We are at a tipping point: any imaginable limb could become artificially real. This also raises new questions such as: Are there other reasons to create protheses other than for them to be purely functional. They have become displays of pride and victory. Think of Paralympic athletes who take pride in their mechanical limbs and make choices to adapt them aesthetically in addition to their highly advanced function.
My pieces, are purely impressionistic. My collection consists of enlarged prosthetic outfits that are used in film and play with dance as a medium. The actions that the wearer can perform question the maximum kinetic nature that we can develop with our bodies. Among other things; How an abundance of arms can create elegance, how a fluid extension can be hypnotic and how expanding your body can create beautiful shapes.

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About Kas Hermkens

My fascination lies with how the human race has the urge to lengthen and improve our body since the beginning of time. Not only when our bodies no longer function properly, but also as an aesthetic wish. Adding on and getting used to new materials.
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