The Social Condom
Facing Uncanniness: Using Human Skin for Clothing
story by Frank van den Boom
At first sight, what you see on your screen right now may be appalling: a patchwork of scarily realistic faces sewn together. While this looks like a prop from a horror film, this is actually a piece of clothing from the hands of French artist Olivier Goulet, called The Social Condom. It is part of a larger art project quasi clothing line, SkinBag, in which Goulet uses synthetic human skin to create provocative fashion statements, such as the one displayed here. What does this artwork entail, and can (synthetic) human skin be an environmentally sustainable alternative for clothing fabric?