The inspiration for this experience design brief was Oscar Pistorius a.k.a. 'The Blade Runner'. I wanted to explore the potenital turning point i… Read More
The inspiration for this experience design brief was Oscar Pistorius a.k.a. 'The Blade Runner'. I wanted to explore the potenital turning point in history, the moment where having a prosthesis is actually a strength rather than a weakness.
My experience, ‘Broken Forms’ puts the visitor within an abstract, sensory and interactive experience, which begins with exploring what it is like to lose a limb. The abstract nature of the experience is designed to provoke thoughts and feelings from the visitor and also expresses the minimalist design of the Cheetah Blade.
The aesthetic of the experience focuses on the human form metaphorically depicted as geometric shapes. Such as a square, circle or triangle, the human form is a whole. When amputation takes place, part of the form is taken away and destroyed. The same treatment has been applied to the shapes in the environment. Using geometric shapes gives connotations of technology and components, the way they fit together is modular and organized, contrasting harshly with the actual human form.
The main part of the experience requires the visitor to remove their shoes and socks and to proceed to the area beyond to explore. The space features an area of grass and a series of geometric forms on poles. They will feel the pleasurable sensation of grass under their feet whilst listening to amputee’s talk of their experiences from speakers inside the shapes. I believe this combination will provide a powerful experience allowing them to contemplate what it truly means to lose a limb. On the wall adjacent to this area is a typographic piece, which says ‘we are all missing something’. I would like to leave the meaning of this open to the visitor’s interpretation.
Other elements of the experience include an interactive LED display on the theme of recovery and improvement of the human form after amputation. My space also features a sculpture, which not only divides the space effectively but also shows the movement of the cheetah blade as if it were a series of frames from a moving image.
I wanted to create an experience that made the visitor think differently about amputation and prosthetics, in the future it is likely that a prosthetic limb will not be a weakness but strength. Read Less