Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak
at Show RCA 2012


Royal College of Art graduate Imme van der Haak has printed photos of people onto silk shrouds so that the wearer's image is overlaid with someone else's face and body (+ movie).

Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak

In the movie, two female dancers wear the translucent silk garments, which are printed with photos of men and women of various ages and appearances.

Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak

As the dancers move and reveal glimpses of their own bodies and faces, it's hard to tell where one person ends and the other begins.

Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak

Van der Haak also created a flipbook on a stand that blurs old and young faces.

Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak

Van der Haak graduated from the college's Design Products course and Beyond the Body is on display at Show RCA 2012 until 1 July.

Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak

See more stories from Show RCA 2012 here, including a tour with course leader Tord Boontje.

Beyond the Body by Imme van der Haak

Here's some more information from the designer:

Beyond the Body

A perception of appearance and identity

My work focuses on altering the human form by affecting its figure with just one simple intervention. Photos of the human body are printed onto translucent silk which will create the possibility of physically layering different bodies, ages, generations and identities.

In a dance performance, the moving body manipulates the fabric so the body and the silk become one, distorting our perception or revealing a completely new physical form. The movement then brings this to life.

Beyond the Body brings into being an ambiguous image that intrigues, astonishes or sometimes even disturbs.

Imme van der Haak was born and raised in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Imme went on to graduate in 2010 from Artez, the academy of arts in the same city. Following this, she moved to London to begin studying a master in Product Design at London’s reputable Royal College of Art where she graduated in June 2012.

Imme’s work is playful, yet subtle in its approach. She constantly strives to question and challenge our perception of what is ‘normal’, focusing on the everyday, which we might take for granted.

  • Nobody2

    Perhaps inspired by scramble suit in the Scanner Darkly film?

  • Strangely dismorphic, I was reminded of renaissance anatomical woodcuts and the "plastinated" bodies in Berlin. The juxtaposition of "older" faces with eyes behind the fabric was disturbing and poignant..Hmmmnnn

  • Boris

    Brecht Duijf 'Bodycloth' designed in 2010

  • MPAA

    The following preview has been approved for all audiences. No nudity here (unlike so many recent dezeen posts…)