Eating Away at Our Anatomy

How is the anatomy of our jaw shaped by the food habits we have adopted throughout our evolution? In this exhibit, the displayed mixed media works point toward the role that chewing has on our facial structure, and language. In collaboration with Zina Bazarbashi and Golpar Jalali.

Role
Design concept, Art direction, Product design, Fabrication
Tool
After Effects, Fusion 360, 3D printer, Adobe Illustrator
Year
2019

What if “efficient food” innovations meant the experience of “physically eating” is nothing but a memory?

In a world where capitalist work culture and depleting resources have resorted us to popping nutrient pills and sipping liquid meals for survival, we face a new generation of humans that may forget what it was like to bite into an apple or chew a piece of bread. The loss of textural variety, resistances, and the novelty of flavor are all addressed as “memories”.

We created a series of mixed media works that critique our current state of food consumption. Inspired by recent scientific studies that examine discovered anomalies in dental structures amongst teens, we speculated a future in which our head structure has changed as a  prolonged result of these new eating habits.

Dental Report/ Timeline:

This timeline is a data visualization piece that illustrates the story of our evolution, the final jaw structure is a rendering of what might happen to our facial structures based on scientific studies, and past models of evolution.
Accompanied by the fictional dental report, it projects the speculated future into existence.

Video: My Mouth is A Performer

This audiovisual piece was conceived “in memory of chewing” as an artistic performance. Through this video recording, the artist wanted to abstract the acts of chomping and chewing different textures, an underappreciated daily activity shared by humans and animals alike, and that of pronunciation, an integral part of human speech that may be threatened with the potential degradation of our facial structure.


Chew Toy:

Materials: Edible Grade Flexible Resin & PLA and Polyurethane
These designed objects are presented as “solutions” to fight this projected future of jaw deformation. Shaped like an abstraction of what a “bite” of food might look like, these objects are made to be chewed after swallowing a nutrient pill, while keeping both eyes and hands strictly at work. They are meant to spark the debate around our current state: jaw training and teething tools are no longer objects for toddlers and puppies.


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