Floris Kaayk (NL)

INTERVIEW

CONFERENCE FOR THE CURIOUS | VPRO MEDIALAB EXPLORES THE FUTURE OF MEDIA AND STORYTELLING

The Modular Body is Dutch multimedia artist and filmmaker Floris Kaayk’s latest foray into the realm of online storytelling. Created in collaboration with journalist and artist Ine Poppe, The Modular Body recounts the story of bio-technologist Cornelis Vlasman and his very own, miniature Frankenstein, OSCAR, the world’s first living organism built from human cells. Told through an intricate web of 56 interconnected videos, each clip, whether video blog update or news report, reveals another intimate detail of the OSCAR puzzle. The Modular Body follows in the footsteps of Human Birdwings and Rayfish Footwear, toying with the ways in which information, fact or fiction, is consumed and disseminated across the internet. But where the earlier projects presented themselves as marvels of scientific discovery, The Modular Body is explicitly a fanciful work of science fiction.