The new episode of #A.I.L – artists in laboratories, the weekly radio programme about art and science i present on ResonanceFM is aired tonight.
Zoe Papadopoulou is an artist whose work looks at emergent technologies and speculates on their future uses to help the public imagine and discuss what these innovations might hold for us in the coming years. In the past, Zoe has baked nuclear cakes, sold ice cream flavoured clouds and drafted the merger between the island of Cyprus and Intel corporation.
But the work we are going to focus on today is called Reproductive Futures. Zoe has spent the past year on a project sponsored by the Wellcome Trust exploring the scientific and technological developments in Artificial Reproductive Technologies. She particularly looked at questions such as “Will the techniques themselves have the potential to fundamentally change the way we perceive parenthood and reproduction? How will the stories we tell children evolve?” Her research will take the form of 3 books that address different scenarios of future reproduction through children’s stories.
The story of the “Goldfish Boy‘. Illustrated by Matt Saunders
1677: Invention of the microscope – 1694: Homunculus (tiny person already formed inside a sperm) illustrates the theory of Preformationism
Timeline charting the history of assisted reproduction technologies exhibited at the festival Abandon Normal Devices in Manchester
In the show, we will be talking artificial uterus, the orphan child who had 5 parents, artificial gametes, and premature babies exhibited in freak shows.
The show will be aired today Thursday 31st January at 19:30. The repeat is next Tuesday at 6.30 am (yes, a.m!) If you don’t live in London, you can catch the online stream or wait till we upload the episodes on soundcloud.
All images courtesy of the artist.
Previously: Reproductive Futures.
Image on the homepage: Wellcome Collection.