Utility Pets

Van Mensvoort
March 12th 2006

Utility Pets

In the not-so-distant future people will be given a pig with their own DNA engineered into it. The pig, known as a "knockout" pig in the scientific jargon, is a form of living insurance policy - an organ bank.

The Utility Pets project explores what kind of new objects might be needed if the pig lives in the home with its owner's family. Utility Pets draws attention to the ethical consequenses of xenotransplantation - the transplantation of animal organs into humans.

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nextnature
Posted 12/03/2006 – 20:24

So, a donorpig full of organs as a life insurance. Of course Holywood is already one step further. In the Island (2005) a Ewan McGregor goes on the run after he discovers that he is actually a "harvested being", and is being kept along with others in a utopian facility.

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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