No. 29

FS*4 lab: From Dining to Closet, Speculation on Invisible Waste

By : hana sai

Entrant’s location : 日本




What did you create?

For this project, we create a prototype; an arm suit made of salmon skin. Firstly, as many statics and facts imply, as the global warming accelerates, habitable land area decreases. In consequence, in near future, we us humans are forced to move to high ground. If the big cities would sink under the water, setting up the infrastructure will be less important to the society and depended to the individual. With that speculative scenario, we created an arm suits for humans to live both on the land and under the sea. Initially, fish skin are thrown out during its manufacturing phase, also from one’s kitchen. However, in the history context, fish skin had been used for survival, likely to animal leather. Ainu,the tribe lived in the Northern Japan used to carry the knowledge of tanning. Unfortunately their tanning method are not well documented, and only shown at the museums.Even fish skin has a potential to be the next beneficial yet sustainable material and found in the kitchen. FS*4 lab aims to open source the tanning method, by filming a tutorial video for everyone to experience tanning at home.

Why did you make it?

In societies where frequent moving has become a prerequisite for survival, individuals are required to create commodities from peripherals and surrounding materials. In order to create an item that suits the purpose and size of each individual, it will be essential to disclose information that is easy for anyone to understand. After skin tanning has been industrialized, its method has become a black box, not available for everyone. We concerns that in the future fab city, such waste in every home can be important material, and could be natural civil activity where everyone can customize from the material at home. Also, the shape of the armsuit created as a future prototype means to visualize the seriousness of the modern environmental problems. Start with SDGs, our generations need to bring the discussions on the table, and visualize it. By doing so, such as our work, paradoxically we can rethink the issues surrounding the present day.

How did you make it?

First, we started designing the whole process of this project.Starting from repeating research and prototyping and appealing to materials and shapes, we also filmed the video and made public to everyone. Then, we summarized the methods of tanning fish skin that is not publicly available and edited it as a technique that can be done at home. In order to form the final shape, we used the Science Fiction Prototyping method. Listing the necessary conditions for going back and forth between the water and the land, skeletal changes and possible evolution in a possible future. For delivery, first we scanned the human body. Then fin research and additional modeling, and 3D printed the shape to make a mold. Finally, we borrow the know-how of the scale arrangement found in the fish skin and adjust the optimal scale arrangement when swimming.

Your entry’s specification

arm suit: material: Salmon Skin, Eyelets size:466x831x326mm 475x850x340mm weight: 700g square measure: 475x850mm