Shenu: Hydrolemic System
Turning artificial organs into water bottles of the future
Shenu is a series of artificial organs designed to conserve the amount of water necessary to sustain human life. It responds to the brief given by an exhibition at dOCUMENTA(13) where Takram was tasked to design a water bottle in a hypothetical, dilapidated earth environment a hundred years in the future.
In a world where the water supply is limited, the water bottle, which presumes the abundant water supply, did not seem a logical solution. Instead, we came to a hypothesis that, perhaps, if the amount of water coming out of a human body can be minimized, it would effectively minimize human water consumption. This problem reframing allowed us to reassess the human body as a water container, leading to the concept of designing artificial organs.
THE ARTIFICIAL ORGANS
A capsule taken five times a day that supplies 32 ml of water as well as a minimum amount of necessary nutrients and hormones
Nasal Cavity Inserts
Apparatus for keeping water from escaping the body by condensing exhaled breath into dew
Arterial-Jugular Heat Exchangers
Artificial blood vessels for generating electricity using the excess blood temperature to power the Neck Collar
Heat Irradiant Neck Collar
A collar-shaped radiator that cools the body by converting electricity into heat that is then radiated into environment
An apparatus implanted inside the bladder to concentrate urine and send extracted water to the kidneys
Renal Fecular Dehydrator
An apparatus for the rectum to efficiently return water extracted from feces to the large intestines
Kaz Yoneda (ex-Takram)
Motohide Hatanaka (ex-Takram)
Bryan Christie (with the addition of organ rendering by Takram)
Masaru Nagamine of Nagamine Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Design Engineer, Project Director
Context Designer, Project Director