A Frankenstein-esque System

Fenna Klein Tuente
April 30th 2013

Life-support machines, they are designed to activate our bodies when anatomy fails. But what will happen when the machines keep each other alive?

Designers Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen created The Immortal; a machine which exists out of several life-support machines connected with wires and electric cords. They keep each other alive through circulation of electrical impulses, oxygen and artificial blood.

The boundary between humans and machines is slowly but steadily blurring. In the near future dysfunctional parts from the human body will easily be replaced by mechanics. We use technology to stay alive for more days, months and even years. The Immortal shows us how human and machine can be connected in a new way, but is it still a machine?

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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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