No 9 - Bio-design: kindergarten for science?, 25th of September, 2013

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25th of September, 2013
Designhuis
16.30

Can we extend human life by redesigning the organs? That question triggered Agatha Hayes to re-design babies. She attempted to transfigure human organs by treating the human body as another material to design with. The project provoked a big debate about the ethical implications of mutating humans in order to create ‘better’ species. How far can we tweak the human body before public opinion will stop the process? What constitutes a body to be accepted as human by society?

Steering away from the ethic debate and looking specifically at the field of design: can design break ground for science? Biodesign is becoming a very active field in design; but does it hold any value for science?

Can we extend human life by redesigning the organs? That question triggered Agatha Hayes to re-design babies. She attempted to transfigure human organs by treating the human body as another material to design with. The project provoked a big debate about the ethical implications of mutating humans in order to create ‘better’ species. How far can we tweak the human body before public opinion will stop the process? What constitutes a body to be accepted as human by society?

Steering away from the ethic debate and looking specifically at the field of design: can design break ground for science? Biodesign is becoming a very active field in design; but does it hold any value for science?

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Agatha Haines

Agatha Haines

Karin Spaink

Karin Spaink

Mary Ann Schreurs

Mary Ann Schreurs

artist and designer who studied at the RCA, London.

publisher on politics, technology, privacy, civil rights, media, sex, health and bodies,  with a special  focus on areas where these subjects merge, mash or collide.

Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture and Innovation

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