Considered across three scales, from person, to city, to nation, this essay examines skin as media - the Latin term for ‘middle layer’ – and how in the media of today the layers and folds of what might be thought of as ‘one’ overlap, pluralise, and merge. We can no longer see the ends of our skins. Through waves, flows, and clouds, we have spread ourselves, merged ourselves, across the globe, and as the skins of our personhood stretch through time and space, so too have the skins of our cities, the skins of our nations, becoming thinner and more porous than we may expect.
Future Laboratory - Branded Cities
The Future Laboratory commissioned three animations to form the backdrop of their presentation at SXSW 2018, examining potential urban futures and the role corporations and governments could play in shaping the structure and functioning of cities.