Dutch video/animation artist Floris Kaayk models with irony and a sadistic taste the possible effects of a technological over-advance. In his pseudo-documentaries, nature and electronic devices, technological appendices, metallic prosthesis blend and evolve together, giving shape to post-darwinian evolutions.
The way people are hooked to electronic media devices, doomed to dehumanization or even to eventual physical infirmities, is convincingly echoed in the metaphor of the “Metalosis Maligna, an extraordinary disease”
Metalosis Maligna is a documentary about a disease that affects patients with medical implants. Metalosis Maligna occurs when a metal implant interacts badly with human body tissue, causing the metal to grow tendrils, which eventually puncture the skin from within and destroy it. The movie shows the development of the disease from its early stages through to the gory advanced stages, by which point entire sections of flesh have fallen away and all that is left is a skeleton of scrap metal.
Related: States of Design 09: Bio-design, by Paola Antonelli on Domus.