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Hsin-Yi Chen. IED Istituto Europeo di Design. Selected Graduate 2020

Published: 16.11.2020
Hsin-Yi Chen Hsin-Yi Chen
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IED Istituto Europeo di Design
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Klimt02
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Barcelona
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2020
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Intro
Hsin-Yi Chen's project arises from the need to go beyond the beauty idealization caused by social media and virtual reality. Her work highlights how virtual effects can easily be part of our daily life, blurring the limits between reality and imaginary, giving chances to people to have multiple identities. Her minimal and futuristic collection "Post-Human Era: Filtered" is the answer to the topic. The past is recalled by the introduction of punk-inspired facial adornment and the present is surpassed by the transformation of digital filters into tangible pieces.
/ Giulia Savino & Arianna Caressa
Post-human era: Filtered
We are all swimming in an ocean of data. In a digital world, we can be anyone anytime and anywhere.  As we spend more time interacting through screens, it will become harder to tell what is real and what is digital. Jean Baudrillard defined this state as hyperreality, a situation where the simulation dominates the real. And as our digital identities permeate daily life, we will care less about the difference.

Instructed by years of popular media featuring digitally manipulated images, younger generations feel comfortable with the idea of curating their personas by editing their appearances to the point of being almost unrecognizable. It is accepted that we may be whoever we want on the internet by wearing masks made of misleading nicknames and avatars, when in fact, we are limited by our conceptions of reality and behavior. We can pretend to be somebody else, but our voice, even if camouflaged, will still be ours. We will not be something else but instead what we think something else is. Our phones are our wands. We can practice a kind of daily sorcery simply by selecting an Instagram filter and morphing our mirrored faces into those of lizards. This project explores the growing interdependence between humans and technology, the resulting convergence between the real and the virtual, and the present and the future.
 
We are a population undergoing self-regeneration through the power of technology. In the digital world, we can be whatever we want. These facial adornments are inspired by punk iconography that aims to combat social media’s idealization of beauty. Allowing the wearers to customize their appearance at will as a real-life filter, empowering them through enhancement and establish the new beauty of the post-human era.
 
The collection takes inspiration from punk iconography and refines them into face and handpieces. The pieces play with the thickness of silver spikes and wire while softening the pieces by adding pearl accents. The glossy look of silver evokes the cold and cosmic feeling of the future lifestyle, while the hyperreal finish of pearl resembles the futuristic glossy texture. The collection is a fit for everyone as there are no more gender roles in the post-human era. With the pieces, we decide who we become.

/Hsin-Yi Chen

More work and contacts:
Email: hsin-yichen@ied.edu
Phone number: +886 958835998

Name of graduation student: Hsin-Yi Chen.
Name of the guiding teacher: Giulia Savino &  Arianna Caressa.

Find out more about the courses at IED Istituto Europeo di Design.
Hsin-Yi Chen. Head Piece: Untitled, 2020. Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.. Hsin-Yi Chen
Head Piece: Untitled, 2020
Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.
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Hsin-Yi Chen. Head Piece: Untitled, 2020. Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.. Hsin-Yi Chen
Head Piece: Untitled, 2020
Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.
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Hsin-Yi Chen. Head Piece: Untitled, 2020. Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.. Hsin-Yi Chen
Head Piece: Untitled, 2020
Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.
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Hsin-Yi Chen. Head Piece: Untitled, 2020. Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.. Hsin-Yi Chen
Head Piece: Untitled, 2020
Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.
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Hsin-Yi Chen. Head Piece: Untitled, 2020. Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.. Hsin-Yi Chen
Head Piece: Untitled, 2020
Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.
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Hsin-Yi Chen. Head Piece: Untitled, 2020. Silver, black pearl. Digital rendering.. Hsin-Yi Chen
Head Piece: Untitled, 2020
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