Tomorrow Now
When design meets science fiction
Alexandra Midal + Björn Dahlström, December 24, 2007
Fergus Greer_Leigh Bowery
Fergus Greer_Leigh Bowery
The transformed body of the mutant, with xenotransplantation (the transplantation of genetically modified animal organs), is from now on a reality. But, in science fiction, the design of the body is related as much to the will for control and for biological superpower as to a translation in the flesh of cataclysms, anguish and transformations of society. Unlike American superheroes, who acquired supernatural powers to ensure the continuity of their national values, in Japan the monsters and Godzillas of the post-war period transposed the generational post-atomic trauma of Hiroshima and Nagasaki felt by the Japanese population. However, there is a recurring motif of an innocent body whose original human nature is modified by an alien element. Such is the case with Tetsuo who, in the manga and the animated film Akira, undergoes a monstrous and horribly painful transformation of the body and ends up exploding while destroying New Tokyo.

Aoshin_Chime Trooper, 1958_Japan
Aoshin_Chime Trooper, 1958_Japan
If the conquest of the West constitutes the great American adventure of the 19th century, outer space represents the ultimate territory for domination in the following century. The transition from “far West” to “far far West” takes on the form of a “space opera” in science fiction literature and films. On the other hand, we can expect that extraterrestrials will attempt to annex our planet, destroy Mankind, or that they are wise, teaching their values to Earthlings. But what do they look like? The Soak of Hideaki Kawashima (*1969, Japan)? The aliens from Oneness by the artist Mariko Mori (*1967, Japan)? The little beings with hydrocephalic brains in Mars Attacks? Or the insects in Men In Black?

Nomura_Space Robot x-70 Aka Tulip head, 1960_Japan
Nomura_Space Robot x-70 Aka Tulip head, 1960_Japan
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