The human body consists of practicable elements that can be easily manipulated and engineered. Through surgical procedures our bodies can be stretched, shifted and sewn, yet still be functional. What then would stop us searching for a higher level of function than we have now? Especially if it may have the potential to benefit a younger, more vulnerable and malleable generation.
‘Transfiguration’ depicts designs for potential body enhancements that have been surgically implemented to benefit a child. Each modification is put in place to solve a potential future problem for the baby ranging from medical to environmental to social mobility issues.
Thermal Epidermiplasty - Extending the skin on the scalp increases the surface area for faster heat dissipation.
Epidermal Myostomy - a baby diagnosed with a disorder in which tablets or other drugs have to be taken regularly would benefit from an extra opening in a low fatty and therefore slow absorbing area.
Extension Osteogenesis - in order to achieve the more rounded face shape of an aerodynamic child, pins will be surgically implanted into the nasal bridge along with a cranial support brace. Tightening the pins will allow the bone to be farmed up to one millimetre a day in a particular direction.
Podiaectomy - A high incidence of asthma can be prevented by the removal of the central phalange leaving the soft fleshy skin exposed for the potential contraction of a hookworm, a parasite known for reducing allergic responses.
Bibuccalplasty - Extension of the cheeks can be achieved through expansion clips, once the clips are embedded in the cheek wall the skin and muscle can be stretched over a period of three months allowing fast and efficient caffeine absorption for a child entering a high stress career.
Study of Thermal Epidermiplasty
Xray during Extension Osteogenesis