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Aircrafted Proboscidea (Trans Animalism) (2017)


Mechanical engineering is a field which has greatly benefited from observation of insects and animals in its advancement. Cars and airplanes are common examples of this principle. While horses, camels, and elephants are still used to this day as means of transportation, there might very well come a time where technology will bring about an evolution of these modes of transportation. In Singapore, scientists have been able to successfully control insects’ bodies via microchips. It is not therefore unreasonable to think that in the future, we might be able to control the bodies of larger animals through similar technology. Although there are ethical issues, there are also forms of compulsory evolution such as transhumanism (the fusion of humans and machines) that could be applied to animals. Because in this case it is the fusion of animals and machines, I appropriately named this idea “transanimalism”. While an elephant helicopter is unlikely to be needed in the future, I chose to pursue this idea as a base in this design. More specifically, I see this piece as a sort of prediction of what one might find in a wealthy collector’s possessions in this kind of futuristic reality.

Mediums: Mac, photoshop

Print size: 21.0cm x 29.7cm (A4)

29.7cm x 42.0cm (A3)

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