Prostheses can have undesired aesthetic side effects: The more human-like they look, the more appealing they are. However, too much likeness to real human limbs and its effect veers toward the uncanny.
In the project Das Tal des Unheimlichen we have researched how targeted material conception can help to understand and control this Uncanny Valley phenomenon, and can be taken into conscious consideration during the design process.
Within this field of subtle aesthetics, small changes of color, surface structure, and material appearance and/or texture can have a decisive subjective visual impact.
The Aesthetic of the Uncanny was developed at Kunsthochschule Weissensee in collaboration with Sandra Stark from the communication design department. The whole semester project arose in cooperation with the company Ottobock.
Winner STARTs Prize 2016 with semester project Skin • Bones