Doppelganger: Images of the Human Being par Robert Klanten

October 15, 2018

Doppelganger: Images of the Human Being par Robert Klanten

Titre de livre: Doppelganger: Images of the Human Being

Auteur: Robert Klanten

ISBN: 3899553322

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The digital age has fundamentally changed traditional notions of who we are and how we wish to be perceived. The music producer Chris Walla puts it this way: Confronted with our significantly more banal everyday life, we re measuring our actual selves against our online selves with hopeful resignation. Doppelganger presents current trends in the depiction of human beings. In today s images and sculptures, personal identities are being intensified, altered, or created through the use of techniques such as deformation and construction/deconstruction as well as the obliteration of classical proportions, visual traditions, and what is generally considered beautiful and fashionable. The book shows permutations of the outer human shell created with costumes and masks as well as photo-technical and artistic manipulation. These take their visual cues from such diverse aesthetics as Dada, surrealism, high tech, cutting-edge fashion design, and the folklore of other cultures. Masquerades and artificial characters are used imaginatively to enhance and obscure true identities. With examples ranging from the intimate to the radical, Doppelganger explores how many or how few effects the depiction of a person can take in order to function as such. In doing so, the book shows that the unique visual appearances being created today often reveal more about the identities of their subjects and creators than their real faces ever could.

Review
Since humans decided to mix some dirt with water and daub it on the sides of their cave homes, the human body has been a pretty constant focus of artists attentions. New book Doppelganger: Images of the human being, published by Gestalten, takes a look at some of the current trends in capturing the visual identity of human beings categorised into the themes embody, dissolve, perform, appeal and escape. Despite the rather kitsch cover, featuring a man in Sibling s full body Fair Isle knit suit complete with Mohawk-ed balaclava and matching body warmer, the book explores some dark, haunting and sometimes sexual representations of the body as well as some fun ones. --Design Week Blog