Blood, Gold and Energy

Monday March 23, 2015 08:41

Photos courtesy of Maomi Kizhner

What will future energy production look like: beautiful gold jewelry that harvests energy from our blood and bodies?

The pieces were created as parts of Naomi Kizhner’s “Energy Addicts” collection and suggest just that.

Asked by Tech Metals Insider about the project she replied: “My intention was to provoke a discussion about our possible future, as well that trough this design, this idea, I had designed an idea that may very much become reality in the future.

“I wanted to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to feed our addiction in the world of declining resources,”

Accordingly, the pieces she calls “speculative” jewelry are not fit to be worn or used in their present design; they are statements that frequently spark shock and disgust among those who see them. “In order of a work to make a statement it will have to raise a debate. I am very satisfied with the responses”, Kizhner commented on such reactions.

“I wanted to explore the post-humanistic approach that sees the human body as a resource… Will we be willing to sacrifice our bodies in order to produce more energy? My intention is to provoke a discussion,” she said.

The jewelry itself is made by 3D printing. The intricate parts are gold plated. Because her work is conceptual, the mechanical parts don’t actually work. The pieces are, according to Kizhner, intended to be applied like body piercings.

How far out are these ideas? How unthinkable is the notion that one day our own bodies will serve to fuel our thirst for battery power? Exactly one year ago, Tech Metals Insider reported about a project at the New Jersey Institute of technology pursuing just that idea: a patch that will pierce the skin and draw sugar from our blood stream to power a miniature fuel cell.

The human battery is a reality already rather than a vision of our likely future. By exposing the process, and by making visible the blood harvested from our bodies, Kizhner’s work is a shocking reminder of the consequences of our choices.

Kizhner is an industrial designer born in the Ukraine, currently residing in Israel. She is a past student at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem majoring in Political Science and History, and a graduate of the Inclusive Industrial Design department at Hadassa College in Jerusalem.
She is now working in an industrial design studio as a designer and project manager as well as an independent mixed media designer.

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