21st Century bodies

18th February 2011

Questioning the ethics of bio technology, cloning and stem cell research is Natsai Chieza. Exploring through a series of materials explorations as well as through collaborations with scientists in the laboratory Chieza is engaging us in a provocational discussion about the future of subcultures and mutations.

Working with 3 scenarios on which she is building a vision of a potential future she imagines the aesthetics of bio subcultures who engage with synthetic biology and stem cell design to create entirely new mutations with their bodies.

Her “Parasitic Prosthesis” takes another perspective seeing us living symbiotically with home cultured parasites. These new micro eco systems become integrated into our worlds and our reliance on them increases.

Her most contentious debate is around the idea of “Biocollectables” suggesting a future where there is a market place for genetic information and products derived from harvested renewable body parts.


Working with PhD student Lottie Davies under the supervision of the professor of microbiology, Dr John Ward, at University College London Chieza is exploring this potential crafting with various bacterium and is amongst a growing collection of designer thinkers who immerse themselves in the field of science and design.

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