Olfactorxtender: future wearable scent-swapping device filled with banana scented bacteria
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei


Ali Schachtschneider

"Vivorium" is a speculative future lifestyle. A provocative book which explores an alternative way of perceiving fashion and the body in relation to the materials, garments, objects and spaces all around it. Through biologically grown materials it extends the body to include living and non-living things, to imagine a different future for our relationship with our objects and surroundings. It is presented as a narrative book, performance through images, a collection of grown and crafted objects and a short film.

Posted 19 May 2015

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“Vivorium” contains five collections of objects which relate to the body in different ways. 

Wetgarment: grown cellulose material worn on the body as part of the ritual.
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Toolcollection is a collection of tools highly crafted to fit individual experience while facilitating growth processes.  It includes 7 tools for brushing, stirring and picking up small objects, as well as a pair of magnifying spectacles to alter vision. 

Toolcollection: Various 3D printed stirring tools, picking devices. A brushing device with horsehair bristles.
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Funguseat: grown with mycelium
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Interiorobjects are objects for the interior space. This includes funguseat - a seat grown from mycelium, the vegetative system of fungi. Mycelium was grown into an organic wood based substrate which it fused together over time.
Extensions extend the body’s abilities and include glovextensions; these extend the glove to cover varying amounts of the body to protect experiments from contamination, cosmetic explants; future tissue-cultured body additions which alter the shape of the body, olfactorxtender; a small wearable device for the nose which would be filled genetically modified bacteria which produce the odor of bananas, to be worn when growing material with unpleasant odors, and cellubiotic ingestulose; a pill which would alter the body’s bacteria to include a bacteria which produces cellulose material from the pores of skin. It serves as a visual indication of stress levels, with color varying in relation to stress.

Garmentobjects are alternative garments, grown with mycelium, tissue culture and cellulose material produced by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. These materials are used in new rituals which create a more connected relationship to the body. Fungal footwear are alternative shoes grown from mycelium which can be worn or displayed. Garmentobjects include
Wetgarment; a ritual in which sheets of grown cellulose material are placed on the body and allowed to dry over a period of 7 days as the wearer rests to allow for this process. It develops a strong connection between the body, material and resulting wearable. 

Various objects within "Vivorium"
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Edibleskins, ediblematter: Tissue cultured second-skin worn on the body and eaten in a ritual meal.
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Edibleskins, Ediblematter is a ritual in which a wearable second-skin is grown via tissue culture, worn, then eaten in a special meal with guests.
Nourishments, Eatables nourish the body. These future foods provide nutrients to sustain the body. 

These collections are presented within Vivorium, along with a narrative which guides the reader through the lifestyle. The project aims to provoke new alternative ways to perceive our bodies in relation to objects and fashion. The process involved extensive research and experimentation, growing materials in the lab. This research was then used to creatively rethink the way we interact with the objects around us.

Fungal footwear: alternative shoes grown from mycelium.
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Wearing microgogglers while interacting with objects and materials
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Ali Schachtschneider is an artist and designer interested in the body's interaction with technology, which she explores through the growth of materials.  She uses tools from a variety of disciplines, including fashion and biology, to extend the body. Ali is interested in creating alternative ways of understanding the body in relation to the things which surround it. She is an artist at Genspace Community Biotech Lab in New York, where she experiments with a variety of materials and technologies. Her work is provocative, blurring the lines between body, material and objects.
For book enquiries please contact Ali Schachtschneider

Wet cellulose material being placed on the body
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Wetgarment - close up of material
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

Cellubiotic ingestulose: Cellulose material growing from the body's skin.
Photography by Hiu Zhi Wei

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