Denervation is a live-action film set in a society that believes that beauty cannot exist without youth, creating an “affective capital” that maps onto and intensifies the existing social hierarchies. An exclusive wellness retreat thrives off an industry town from which its primary beauty product is sourced. Working in a regulatory blind spot, the town produces an unauthorized surfeit of the product. The proliferation of this counterfeit botox has made its source toxin, Botulinum toxin A (deadly in sufficient quantities), far too easily available. This poses a significant biological threat to the townspeople. 
Denervation dramatizes the supply-and-demand chain through this exaggerated fiction, giving us a glimpse of the hypothetical lives of the town’s residents. This method of speculation frames this scenario as an architectural problem that taps into the narrative design potential for this metaphorical world.
The design of this world illustrates the class distinctions between the guests of this sybaritic escape and those who are at their service.  One world floats in the sky above the other, with a completely different atmospheric environment engineered to protect its guests from the outbreak of botulism poisoning caused by the abundant suspended botulinum particulate matter -- a byproduct of the unregulated and botched counterfeiting of bootlegged botox supplied to the upper world. 


While the narrative is influenced by a variety of academic texts and artworks, the project’s primary inspiration comes from the Scientific American article “Fake Botox, Real Threat,” by Ken Coleman and Raymond A. Zilinskas, that details the illegal drug market and its potential threats. Dana Berkowitz’s book, Botox Nation, which examines how norms about bodies, gender, and aging are constructed and reproduced on both cultural and individual levels. Other sources of inspiration for the world of Denervation include: The philosophical writing of Peter Sloterdijk’s spheres series. 

This film, Denervation, will push the boundaries of architectural storytelling both technically and discursively. By prototyping this alternative world of tomorrow, we can shed light on a humanitarian issue through the filmmaker’s controlled frame. The integration of design and fiction supplies us with one of our most powerful weapons in the fight to galvanize the public: a way to shed light on fundamental issues by rendering the theoretical as something that feels all too real. 
The fashion photography of Melvin Sokolsky’s "Bubble" series of photographs depicting fashion models "floating" in giant clear plastic bubbles. The architectural designs build on the experimental work of Haus Rucker, Ant Farm, and Coop Himmelblau. The film also seeks inspiration from the art of Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych piece, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Currently, in pre-production, Denervation is going to be a 9-11 minute film shot in digital with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1. photography and green-screen compositing will help convey the story more effectively, increasing audience immersion. 

by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
by Costume Designer : Saori Mitome
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