Virtual | Real pet

Minke Kampman
July 31st 2010

In the 70's we had the pet rocks that have gotten lost over the years in drawers and attics. The 90's gave us Tamagotchi's to look after, which we could reset if all else failed. But now SWAMP & Tiago Rorke present the Tardigotchi. "An artwork featuring two pets: a living organism (ed. a tardigrade) and an alive avatar (ed. gotchi)."

We can feed the avatar virtually with a push on the button which in turn will feed the organism. All this while we connect online and send our love and praise through Facebook or by email, which actually triggers a brief signal of warmth to the tardigrade and virtual rays of sun to the avatar. As the makers say on the website: "A Tardigotchi owner tends to a real and a virtual creature simultaneously." The question that is asked at the same time is whether this makes a difference.

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Minke Kampman
Posted 31/07/2010 – 21:45

Thanks Hendrik-Jan. I thought let's dive right in shall we :)

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
Posted 31/07/2010 – 17:51

Welcome on the blog Minke!

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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