Are we human notes on an archaeology of design

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are we human notes on an archaeology of design

Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design by Beatriz Colomina

The question Are We Human? is both urgent and ancient. Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley offer a multilayered exploration of the intimate relationship between human and design and rethink the philosophy of design in a multi-dimensional exploration from the very first tools and ornaments to the constant buzz of social media. The average day involves the experience of thousands of layers of design that reach to outside space but also reach deep into our bodies and brains. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Colominas and Wigleys field notes offer an archaeology of the way design has gone viral and is now bigger than the world. They range across the last few hundred thousand years and the last few seconds to scrutinize the uniquely plastic relation between brain and artifact. A vivid portrait emerges. Design is what makes the human. It becomes the way humans ask questions and thereby continuously redesign themselves.
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Are We Human?

Design is a paradoxical gesture that changes the human in order to protect it. Are we human? The time frame that is contained within this book is incredibly vast, from the origins of our species and the primitive artifacts that the early Homo Sapiens built, to the totalizing impact of Industrialization and Modernism, to the ubiquity of smartphones and social media. Although each chapter concentrates mostly in a specific area of interest, whether it is the human body, health, cellphones, social media, surveillance culture, prosthesis or fashion, all chapters relate and support the main thesis: everything is design, from topography to political systems and everything in between. The dialectic relationship between the human body and human-created artifacts is unmasked and theorized through case samples such as Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, the stone hand-axe tools found by archeologists Joseph Prestwich and John Evans, and Hans Hollein's Man TransFORMS hand-axe invention diagram. These objects and artifacts speak of a cognitive ability found nowhere else since in any other animal, an animal with the capacity to design.

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