by piercing barriers
A WORK ABOUT THE RELATIVITY- AND DUAL NATURE OF SAFETY.
Increased exposure to violence through news and other sources of (social)media manipulate our feeling of safety. Giving rise to a culture of fear. The individual and even society can be driven by this feeling to make irrational responses to imaginary threats.
With ‘2.6g 329m/s’, also known as ‘bulletproof skin’, Essaïdi explores the social, political, ethical and cultural issues surrounding safety in a world with access to new biotechnologies – by reinforcing in vitro human skin with spider silk from genetically modified organisms in order to stop a speeding bullet.
With this work Essaïdi wants to show that safety in its broadest sense is a relative concept, and hence the term bulletproof. The work did stop some bullets but not those at full speed. With a “bulletproof skin” pierced by bullets the experiment leads to the conversation about how which forms of safety would benefit society.
Essaidi, J., Blomjous, M., Oei, L., (Eds.) (2013). Kogelwerende huid: spinnenzijde afkomstig van genetisch gemanipuleerde organismen en menselijke huid, Studies in textiel 1, Amsterdam, (pp. 224-231).