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15 OCTOBER 2006

Bodymouse: The Potential Of Biomedical Science?

Chris Lomaka's Bodymouse concept drawing is an design experiment that plays with biomorphic form. It does this in a manner that seems to suggest a point in time where devices like computer mice may be able to be grown or raised like livestock. The design could be seen to be a comment on our reliance on biomedical science and its inevitable redefinition of boundaries between technology and the body. [view PDF portfolio]

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3Danthropomorphismartificialbio-ethicsbiomedicalbizarrebody • Bodymouse • CG • Chris Lomaka • creationgrotesquehumanmousemutantsciencespeculative design
07 APRIL 2006

From Corporeal Death To Battery Cell Afterlife

auger–loizeau
There is enough Hydrochloric (Hcl) acid in our bodies to burn a hole in a carpet. If this acid were extracted and refined it may be converted into electricity when combined with zinc and copper acting as anode and cathode.

This bringing together of elements effectively creates a wet cell battery that may be used directly as a source of electricity, or to charge a more useable dry cell battery which may then be placed in a range of electronic products.

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afterlifeAuger-Loizeaubatteryelectricityhuman • hydrochloric acid • James Auger • Jimmy Loizeau • RCARoyal College of Artschematic diagramspeculative researchUK
08 APRIL 2005

Frankenstein: The Disappointment of Scientific Creation

"Although I possessed the capacity of bestowing animation, yet to prepare a frame for the reception of it, with all its intricacies of fibres, muscles and veins, still remained a work of inconceivable difficulty. As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved, contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature; that is to say about eight feet in height, and proportionately large. How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!– Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart."

(Mary Shelley, 1818)

[Victor Frankenstein describes the disappointment of his scientific creation.]

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01 JANUARY 2004

Pioneer 10: betraying assumed and privileged cultural codes

"We have sent several inscribed messages into space. The two Voyager probes each carry a long–playing record of 'The Sounds of Earth' and both Pioneer craft, the first manmade objects to leave our Solar System, bear plaques charting their route, along with a picture of naked humans waving a greeting. A similar alien salutation could be waiting on Earth for us, says Rose"
(Mark Peplow, Nature News)

Rose C. & Wright G. Nature, 431. 47 – 49(2004).

[On the 3rd of March 1972 NASA launched the Pioneer 10 interstellar probe (spacecraft) into deep space. Attached to it was a plaque designed to communicate something of what it meant to be from Earth. It attempted to present a generalised view of humanity stripped of all cultural and social difference (a normative view). Despite this noble aim the plaque couldn't help but betray its assumed (and privileged) cultural codes. Its focus on Terrestrial life was unmistakably: Human; ethnically Anglo–Saxon (logically North American); heterosexual and 1960s – 70s.]

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