Created by Madeline Schwartzman, “Face Nature” is a series of research experiments produced within the context of See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded (SYX), a recent publication by Madeline that looks at human perception and the sensory apparatus. The work questions what will be the physical future of the head and the sensory apparatus in fifty years time, as the mechanisms for how we communicate and sense change, and become obsolete, prompted by the advancement of brain-to-brain communication.
The device, worn on the head, is comprised of a series of servos and pulleys, controlled by an Arduino and allowing leaves and other objects found in nature to be attached using the attached crocodile clamps. As the servos rotate, and positions of claps change, so does the appearance of attached objects, creating life-like expressions.
SYX explores all forms of physical head augmentation, including new organs, hair extensions and hairdos, masks, head constructions and gear, headdresses, prosthetics and helmets by artists, designers, inventors and scientists, as well as technological extensions into space. Conceptual topics include the obliteration of the face in fashion, art and folk wedding costume; the politics of hair extension from 18th century hair rolls to contemporary fashion; surrealistic juxtapositions of objects and the head; gender, ritual and identity in contemporary art hair and hair constructions; space-age architectural helmets of the 60s, and conceptual projects that highlight, analyze or deny the internal or perceived functioning of the head and brain. Everyone with a head should be interested in this book.About: See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded (SYX)
For more information on the project, including other work by Madeline such as exhibitions, talks and artworks, see links below.