Reworking of Body Extension Project (2nd idea) + New Materials Culture Based Object Analysis

Coming up with a way to experientially express my intellectual and conceptual body extension in relation to the world and society around me is far more difficult than I could have possible imagined, especially when this expression involves building a physical contraption that is supposed to represent abstract ideas. After talking with my Intro Seminar professor about my initial ideas for the project (published earlier in a post depicting my “ring” or box idea with several altered logos and messages regarding obesity and consumerism), I came to the conclusion that while my “body-extension” was well-intentioned, it would no doubt accidentally come across as offensive, derogatory, and a little bit too critical for anyone’s liking, even mine, especially due to the phrases i was planning on adding onto the extension that could be perceived as a form of “shaming”. For the sake of my own personal reputation, and to avert future conflict, I decided to scrap the initial ideas but save the concepts themselves for possible future endeavors that would evacuate anti-consumerist ideals. Starting over, I reworked the idea of consumerism and how we all consume copious amounts of information daily from our phones, the Internet, and through other countless forms of media– how we all must multitask and concentrate on so many things at once throughout our day to day busy lives. My second Body Extension Idea involves modifying my stomach but by inserting a sort of fabric around it and several pockets that could hold and maintain large arm-like apparatuses that could jut out from my stomach and provide me with extra limbs that could be used to hold things like books, phones, or clothes, demonstrating the extent of our busy lifestyle in this modern age. Below are my ruminations and conceptual ideations of the second Body Extension, which were conceived and written down in my daily journal, as well as my responses to a second copy of the Materials Culture-Based Object Analysis for my second project.

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Second Body Extension Idea

Second Body Extension Idea

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