Will Carey
2007/9

Native Commodities

This project is a study into the tolerable limits of sharing, manufacturing and interacting with biological data from our bodies. Exploring the aesthetics of three spittoons for capturing bodily fluid.

As genome technologies promote the open sourcing of the human body, could such data participation one day be extended into other forms of biological manufacture? Synthetic biology and nanotechnologies have made it possible to reprogramme cells, but would we be prepared to consider using our bodies to do this?

In this scenario I imagine the bodies ability to be able to process prebiotic substances. By understanding the quantities of fluid that can be produced by the parasympathetic nervous system, specific amounts of probiotic (good bacteria) can be harvested. The body would indicate its readiness to harvest by secreting coloured mucus or tears. A series of specialist tools could then be used to extract the desired substances from the body.

Today we can control our digital privacy and socially network our personalities via the internet, in the future this will extend to our biology, and the decisions will concern how much of our biological data we may want to share.

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Probiotic harvesting tool
Probiotic harvesting tool
Sneeze capture spittoon
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Probiotic harvesting tool
Probiotic harvesting tool
Microbial analyser
Microbial analyser
Body channels that can be harvested
Body channels that can be harvested
Parasympathetic nervous system, controls salivation, lactation, urine and defecation
Parasympathetic nervous system, controls salivation, lactation, urine and defecation