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COLLAGENE by DO THE MUTATION

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Collagen is the main component of animal connective tissues; organized in fibers, this cathegory of tissues comprehends the skin.
People’s faces are scanned throught a sensor and acquired in a digital environment. The software application written by the designers generates customized masks for each person. The masks are produced as unique pieces through 3d printing and WINDFORM materials. On February 10th 2013 the first three models took part in Venice Carnival’ parades.

COLLAGENE . mask editor from do the mutation on Vimeo.

This project explores the border territory between physical and virtual, connecting computer code’s abstractions with the intimate, visceral dimension of body alteration’s sense brought by the mask theme. The topographic anatomy of the face acts as input for a set of algorithms that under designer’s control generate the fibers that form the object, creating a material formation that after 3d printing perfectly fits its territory, people’s faces.

The software application was written in Processing opensource framework based on Java.

The face scan is performed through the kinect sensor, that allows to acquire the topographic and chromatic data of the models in the digital environment. The mask is created drawing traces on the digital faces of the models, from which the set of curves that forms the fiber system is generated. From the fiber system the application generates the 3d geometry that forms the mask body.

COLLAGENE is being developed by DO THE MUTATION | generative design lab, in collaboration with EDGELAB S | space and form strategies. The three masks are produced by CRP GROUP with their WINDFORM materials.
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COLLAGENE_05Collagen is the main component of animal connective tissues; organized in fibers, this cathegory of tissues comprehends the skin.