Sunday, March 15, 2009

Do kidney patients dream of transgenic sheep?

Introducing the strangely plausible human-animal interfaces of designer Revital Cohen:

Revital Cohen's Pecha Kucha at Design Indaba 2009 from Design Indaba on Vimeo.

There's an unacknowledged element of surrealism at work here; I find Cohen's marriage of empathy and pragmatism pleasantly disturbing and unintentionally cautionary.

Dezeen has more.


glitterbubbles said...

Wow, I thought this was inspirational. I loved that it was so hopeful, but still carefully thought-out, as she said. Her explanations make it all seem surprisingly feasible.

Whitley Strieber said...

Reminded me that we've been swallowed by our own machines. We live inside Leviathan. Noah got out.

Anonymous said...

I like the thinking represented in these ideas. We simply must come up with better ways of managing health care issues. The present system with it's reliance on overly expensive treatment and machines is not an option for going forward.


Anonymous said...

The most disturbing aspect to me is how this sort of technological vampirism is framed as inspiring. Natural symbiosis with transgenic critters sounds all kinds of awesome, but transforming living things into machines? Yuck.

Definitely, definitely a really cool art project, but man would I not want this kind of thing creeping into my future.