How Human Is Made


2.5 weeks (September 2021)


Juhi Dhanesha

Tom Scherlis

Sam Zeloof


Presentation Curation

Storybook Design



Tools Used


Laser Cutting

We look at people and think they are ugly, beautiful, angry, mean, happy the second we see their face. We are ingrained to associate our past experiences with what we are consuming visually and that makes up what we know about the world -- our reality. But our known version of reality is constructed through interpretations of what we see and what others around us see.

So what happens when we take a step away from our predisposed perception and try to look at ourselves without these biases. When we see the nose as an object, you begin to realize that it becomes a kit of parts - simply two teardrop shapes molded along a larger tapered base. The parts that make up our body are bizarre, gross, slimy, porous. You begin to see another version of reality of us.


Who Are We If We Can't be Judged By Our Faces?

What We Show Is Not What We Are

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How Can We See Humans In Another Lens?

'Human' In Context 

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Close Ups of 'Head'

The Opportunity

“Draughtsman Making a Perspective Drawing of a Reclining Woman,” 1600, Albrecht Dürer

"Sight might very well be our most valued sense. It is the primary gateway through which we measure, chart, and comprehend our spaces and objects. It also keeps us safe, quite literally providing the eyes and window to the soul.

But sight is also overrated. It is the go-to sense for designers and architects, oftentimes distracting away from the untapped potential of other forms of perception. As Juhani Pallasmaa argues in The Eyes of the Skin, the dominance of visual imagery and stimulation in architecture and design thinking suppresses the advents of other senses. Appearances take center stage, limiting the effect, reach, and poetics of other forms of cognitive mapping. Compounded by the hyper-visual nature of the digital world, the dominance of the visual seems to be more pressing than ever.

What are alternative possibilities granted by seeing? And how might we reframe sight so that it complements other senses in lieu of drowning them out?"

(Goral, 2021)

The Process
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Process Snapshot

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