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My current work investigates the relationship between body adornment and the digitized human body. Historically jewelry has always reflected the technologies of its time. A necklace fashioned from seashells dating 80 BCE years old was found at Taforalt in eastern Morocco. This discovery illustrates the sense of symbolic material value of that time and suggests a developed capacity for cultural modernity. The example of the seashell necklace comes from a genus of marine snail called Nassarius, which no longer inhabits the shores of Morocco today. With the use of advanced manufacturing methods such at bio-printing and DNA duplication it may be possible to cultivate the lost Nassarius, or any biological structure. CAD (Computer Aided Design) has allowed access into a new symbolic body, one in which form is always in flux and limitless. If reproduction through digital means is possible, how do we define this new material culture and its relationship to our current value systems? What if we could reconfigure the comfort zone and reassemble the surface and structure that supports it. At present the surface of our bodies constitute a symbolic consciousness; but are we comfortable in our own skin.

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