Will Carey
2007/9

Gifted

This project speculates on how an individual’s genetic make-up may one day be engineered before birth, and then controlled, or turned off and on throughout a child’s life. The burgeoning and revolutionary science of genetics is here to stay and will surely become part of the human evolutionary process in the future, however this intervention brings with it moral and ethical issues that must be considered.
 
Gifted addresses some of these issues by focusing on how young children may want to take charge of their genetic future. For instance, a child’s fantasies and desire may subvert and manipulate the very genetic gifts that their parents had chosen for them before birth. So, how might the expression of particular genes be controlled throughout a child’s development? Should the adult or the child have control, and how might they reach a compromise? By taking children’s ideas and desires as a starting point, this project presents a series of prototypes that give an insight into how the future can be adapted by those that will live it differently to the parents in control today.



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An alternative genetic future imagined by children
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