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Morbid? Disgusting? Or the future for Nike... Shoes made from human flesh.

Our Man of Horror, Jaycentee investigates the shoe made from human flesh

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by Jaycentee, for outsideleft.com
originally published: July, 2006
highs and lows in the MP3's song will determine when and how the shoe moves

Morbid, weird, crazy or just plain disgusting! No matter how you look at it making shoes out of human flesh can be a challenge. First off you have to find a donor (not too many willing participants.) Then, there's the explanation to your peers that this is a good thing... And finally, stripping the flesh and attaching it all together to have a unique and one of a kind self made shoe.

You could always use your own flesh but why would you want to go through that hassle when you can always find someone somewhere on the planet just crazy enough (or dumb enough) to help out.

Enough of that hog wash... the story is really about a person on this planet who had an idea. A Nike shoe stapled together with human flesh, moving, twitching, pulsating. Who in their right mind would even think up something like this let alone want to make it a reality? Then I have a few friends who are in the same boat as this creative person. Though not innovative, but highly technical in making such a creation. MIT look out the next wave of inventors are morbid but creative.

According to Adam Brandejs, who is an Artist, Sculptor, Mould-Maker, Robotics, SFX, Web developer (whew! that's a lot) the reason for his flesh shoe is this: "Other than simply being twisted, this piece comments on issues of sweatshop labour and content ownership. Each piece of skin is therefore different in colour, size, and texture and the Nike Logo is done in white, slapped over the top of all the other colours."

"We live in a culture disconnected from what it is doing to itself and others, we choose to ignore rather than deal with the reality we have created for ourselves. This piece ultimately comments on this simple idea."

Hmmmm... at least he himself agrees its twisted.

Its all fun and games really. The shoe is stitched together with multiple pieces of latex rubber cast out of moulds made from his own skin. The shoe's toe and heel raise and lower as it occasionally vibrates/pulsates, and twitches on the floor as if it were still alive. The movement is not constant, and usually causes people to jump back while they are in the middle of leaning in for a closer look.

Looking at the shoe you would never know it was a robotic piece of ingenuity using normal everyday items like an MP3 player (sending out signals like your brain would) which gives the appearance of random movement with no need for programming as highs and lows in the MP3's song will determine when and how the shoe moves.

Adam has what most people call a problem, I say his problem is really a solution to help others understand (though a little out there) what the world is really about and capable of doing. I mean come on, who hasn't seen "Silence of the Lambs" or in this case "Silence of the Limbs", thy puts the lotion on the shoe!

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