Henry Urbach
Sensate: Bodies and Design

Henry Urbach

For centuries the discussion around art, design, architecture and the human body has been explored and the conversation continues at the exhibition Sensate: Bodies and Design at the SF MoMA. The pieces we saw in the show are from their permanent collection and the idea behind the show was to present expanded notions of the body, ideas and representations that seem more in line with how the body actually works and looks rather than how it is idealized. Urbach really wanted to engage with parts of the body we want to avoid, like snot or hair follicles, bodily fluids and body fat. We all have these and yet so often they are hidden away. Sensate lays them all bare, through a diverse number of projects and pieces that address these. Across a range of disciplines, artists, designers and architects continue to try and break open the confines that have held the relationships between bodies and shape and Sensate engages in that exploration.