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I am Flesh

Doppelgänger: Image of the Human Being by Gestalten, DE

2 pages

The digital age has fundamentally changed traditional notions of who we are and how we wish to be perceived. The music producer Chris Walla puts it this way: “Confronted with our significantly more banal everyday life, we’re measuring our actual selves against our online selves with hopeful resignation.”

Doppelganger presents current trends in the depiction of human beings. In today s images and sculptures, personal identities are being intensified, altered, or created through the use of techniques such as deformation and construction/deconstruction as well as the obliteration of classical proportions, visual traditions, and what is generally considered beautiful and fashionable. The book shows permutations of the outer human shell created with costumes and masks as well as photo-technical and artistic manipulation. These take their visual cues from such diverse aesthetics as Dada, surrealism, high tech, cutting-edge fashion design, and the folklore of other cultures. Masquerades and artificial characters are used imaginatively to enhance and obscure true identities. With examples ranging from the intimate to the radical, Doppelganger explores how many or how few effects the depiction of a person can take in order to function as such. In doing so, the book shows that the unique visual appearances being created today often reveal more about the identities of their subjects and creators than their real faces ever could.

In “I am Flesh” bodies represent reality: 35 naked female bodies meticulously  photographed in their primeval condition to look as real as possible - and surprisingly so. This extraordinary resemblance to reality is achieved through a special technique that has every image made of 47,244 x 32,864 pixels per inch, equivalent to 400 X 278 cm printable area at 300 dpi, while, for reasons of better perception, the final prints will be executed as 230 cm x 160 cm True Giclée Fine Art Prints, protected under plexiglass, and displayed all together. No distraction is allowed in front of these bodies. In their presence, any feeling of attraction, repugnance, bewilderment, excitement, or banal initial curiosity fades away as one gets physically closer to the work, to its open essentiality”.

Title Doppelganger
Subtitle Images of the Human Being
Publisher ‏Gestalten
Editors R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, F. Schulze
Format 24 x 30 cm
Dimensions 9.45 x 0.94 x 12.01 inches
Features 235 pages, full color, hardcover
ISBN-10 ‏ 3899553322
ISBN-13 978-3-89955-332-1
Price €39.90 | $60.00 | £37.50
European Release: January 2011
International Release: February 2011
Language ‏English
Item Weight ‏ 3.67pounds