Fungus infections are set to rise in the future because of climate change. Today’s innocuous organisms might become tomorrow’s pathogens.
Microhack imagines a world where people voluntarily infect themselves with the fungus Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis to have a double impact, political and ecological.
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Collect the ascospores from the dying ant.
Using a microinjector, insert the spores in the main part of the microhack bioreactor. The ascospores will germinate in 24 hours at 37.8 degrees.
A biofilm from the scospores will be created on the nasal implant.
Wear the implant and proceed to the 15min ceremony.
why microhack ?
We constantly interact with microorganisms, shielding away nefarious ones. Our modern lifestyle is the source of the decadence of the living world and of our bodies. If the future of health is to live without disease, will we use pathogens to demonstrate our political beliefs?
Ophiocordyceps unilateralis infects carpenter ants by taking control of their nervous system to influence their movements. This enables the fungus to spread over a larger area. By creating a synthetic organ working with the fungus, the biohacker are able to influence their movements and help the fungus propagate.
The human body has always been a vector for political statements. The rise of wearable biotechnological devices open up a new area to subvert control and the normal functioning body.
The Microhack implant is embedded with the ascospores of the fungi. When worn, the implant becomes functional. The wearer uses it’s own body to power the device, by breathing in and breathing out.
This exhibition is about our bodies, about our bacterias, about symbiosis with the living. This exhibition is about questioning our technology-centered idea of progress and the commoditization of our bodies.
This is what speculative is all about : creating new imaginaries for a "world of tomorrow" yet to come.
imprudence's residency program
Imprudence is a speculative design studio. This critical discipline is under-represented in France. This is why we decided to create our own residency program, aimed at young designers willing to invent the world of tomorrow.
Marion Lasserre (1993) is a speculative designer and futures researcher, based between Paris and London. Through her work, she creates speculative narratives, installations, machines and objects that explore the invisible links between the human body, technology, science, myths and popular culture. A recent graduate of the MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins in London and of Parsons the New School for Design in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Design Museum London, Milan and Dutch Design Week.