Artist explores the ‘aesthetics of disgust’

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Designer Katrin Baumgarten has created a range of inanimate objects that “touch back” when a human interacts with them.

Baumgarten aims to explore the powerful response to objects which elicit disgust as part of a research project at the Royal College of Art. Revolting objects, she argues, exert a macabre attraction over people that make them more fascinating. By toying with this idea in her designs, the relationship between the user and the object can be intensified. She has created a number of extraordinary objects, including one which simulates goose bumps on human skin when it is touched and one which starts to flounder and squirm like a fish when it is held, as if it were a living creature disgusted by human touch.

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Categories: Art, Culture, Weird

Author:Olivia Solon

Freelance writer and editor specialising in new technologies, culture, media and marketing, design and animal-themed t-shirts.


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