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The making of the Modular Body

Jack Caulfield
November 8th 2017
Remember the Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created or keen to know more about the project as a whole? Check out the making of videos!

Intimate Technology S01E05: The Modular Body

NextNature.net
November 7th 2017

The body, like any technology, is made up of countless individual components. Yet, apart from dire medical emergency, have you ever thought about mixing and matching these components, replacing old modules with shiny new upgrades - building a body? In The Modular Body, Floris Kaayk demonstrates what this process might look like.…

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Animating OSCAR

At the time of the project many assumed that OSCAR, even if he wasn't a real living creature, was at least a real animatronic creation, not a virtual one. So it may be surprising to learn that the footage of OSCAR's movements was purely the product of ingenious animation.In this video, the project's animator Adriaan van Veldhuizen shows us the steps he took to produce such convincing images of OSCAR. Adriaan began with basic, unshaded models. The first step was to work on the animations themselves, the way OSCAR moved. Only then he began to implement the textures and lighting that turned OSCAR into such a convincing,and unsettling, creature. See Adrian's process for yourself:[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aub1vBYhsaM[/youtube]

The Making of the Conversation

While Adriaan was hard at work bringing OSCAR to life, the rest of the team was figuring out how to show him to the world. The question the team had to answer was: how best to present the Modular Body? "I think you can tell a story like this in a linear way, but it was much more interesting to create a database" says Ine Poppe, who worked on research and scripting for the project.The Modular Body website was designed with this in mind. Nienke Huitenga, who handled online strategy, discusses the multimedia approach taken. This approach saw content from the Modular Body project being spread over all kinds of social media, and the site itself being designed as a collection of fragments rather than a linear narrative. Jacob Schlötter, the project's interaction designer, discusses this unique design: "It felt like we made an installation in the web". The website's "story path", he says, was designed to show the user their unique narrative path through the Modular Body project.The Modular Body site has been a big hit. But Nienke says: "We're not very interested in numbers; it's more about the conversations". Has the story of Cornelis and OSCAR made you think? Check out the video below for more insight into the project and the conversations it has brought to life.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TldUZwF7POw[/youtube] [post_title] => The making of the Modular Body [post_excerpt] => Remember the Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created or keen to know more about the project as a whole? Check out the making of videos! 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In The Modular Body, Floris Kaayk demonstrates what this process might look like.The protagnoist of the video, OSCAR, is a prototype designed by the fictional biologist Cornelis Vlasman to demonstrate the possibilities of the body as a modular system. When a limb is lost, it can be already replaced with a prosthetic which may even outperform the original. People unhappy with their appearance nowasays have the option of surgically altering the parts they don’t like. But overall, science still views the body as a “closed system”. A body designed from the outset to be modular would radically change this view. We might start switching out parts, and the consequences for medicine would be enormous.Yet, the movie leaves us to puzzle over the wider implications of the technology ourselves. What we see instead is the very intimate physical process of assembling OSCAR. The image of the body’s central module, the heart, comes into focus as the microscope is adjusted and repositioned. Delicate instruments slot the power module into place with a satisfying click, and the heart begins to beat. As more modules are added, next to the sound of the heart monitor we can hear the excited talk of the doctors assembling this modular body. Here is technology at its most intimate, delicate and satisfying version to work with.How might a modular body impact the world of medical science? Is a modular body compatible with our concept of intimacy? 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Curious about how OSCAR was really created? Keen to know more about the project as a whole? You're in luck! Check out the videos below, which provide an in-depth look at what went on behind the scenes of The Modular Body project.

Animating OSCAR

At the time of the project many assumed that OSCAR, even if he wasn't a real living creature, was at least a real animatronic creation, not a virtual one. So it may be surprising to learn that the footage of OSCAR's movements was purely the product of ingenious animation.In this video, the project's animator Adriaan van Veldhuizen shows us the steps he took to produce such convincing images of OSCAR. Adriaan began with basic, unshaded models. The first step was to work on the animations themselves, the way OSCAR moved. Only then he began to implement the textures and lighting that turned OSCAR into such a convincing,and unsettling, creature. See Adrian's process for yourself:[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aub1vBYhsaM[/youtube]

The Making of the Conversation

While Adriaan was hard at work bringing OSCAR to life, the rest of the team was figuring out how to show him to the world. The question the team had to answer was: how best to present the Modular Body? "I think you can tell a story like this in a linear way, but it was much more interesting to create a database" says Ine Poppe, who worked on research and scripting for the project.The Modular Body website was designed with this in mind. Nienke Huitenga, who handled online strategy, discusses the multimedia approach taken. This approach saw content from the Modular Body project being spread over all kinds of social media, and the site itself being designed as a collection of fragments rather than a linear narrative. Jacob Schlötter, the project's interaction designer, discusses this unique design: "It felt like we made an installation in the web". The website's "story path", he says, was designed to show the user their unique narrative path through the Modular Body project.The Modular Body site has been a big hit. But Nienke says: "We're not very interested in numbers; it's more about the conversations". Has the story of Cornelis and OSCAR made you think? Check out the video below for more insight into the project and the conversations it has brought to life.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TldUZwF7POw[/youtube] [post_title] => The making of the Modular Body [post_excerpt] => Remember the Modular Body? Curious about how OSCAR was really created or keen to know more about the project as a whole? Check out the making of videos! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => making-of-modular-body [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 10:25:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 09:25:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=78045/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 2 [max_num_pages] => 1 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => 1 [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 06be50f5e008025fa95bc7c2356b0e07 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed )[compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ))
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