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Machina Synthetica Communicatia

2019, Biodesign, Narrative Design

What if we design DNA to redesign the Smartphone?Geopolitical, social and environmental issues in the supply chain as well as in the recycling process of the smartphone call for new production methods. The field of synthetic biology is parallely advancing in its possibilities to design ever more complex organisms and offering organic solutions to current inorganic electronic components. Creating a new product typology, Machina Synthetica Communicatia rethinks how we produce, and how we might merge bodily with biological products. Apart from technical questions of realisation we need to discuss other aspects as well. What does it mean if a living product becomes an organic body extension and the host becomes the battery? When we visit a farm to buy a extra organism? Products and animals do not have rights. There are only consumer and animal protection laws. How will this change if the product is alive itself and will it alter the identity of our species?

A multitude of ethical and social questions arise from the new posibilities of biological production. Apart from these general questions an integrated living phone offers the opportunity for somatic interfaces integrating a larger integration of the body`s capabilities motorically as well as the sensorical interaction.