A faithful DP correspondent based in Dublin has alerted us to online documentation of an art exhibition that transpired at Trinity College late last year, exploring pesky ethical and philosophical issues related to perfecting our deeply flawed humanity through biosynthetic enhancements: Grow Your Own.
The entire exhibition is worth perusal, though we found the project created by the Japanese artist Ai Hasegawa of particular interest. It seems Ms. Hasegawa wishes to resolve the paradoxes of her reproductive “dilemma chart” by giving birth to edible endangered species, such as Maui’s dolphins.
Ms. Hasegawa also proposes her biosynthetic dolphin birth as a novel solution to a different dilemma, that of the omnivore environmentalist:
At first, we thought this must be a brilliant and subtle bit of performance art, above all in the context of ongoing attempts to end the slaughter of dolphins by Japanese fishermen. Alas, once again reality exceeds even the most refined sushi-grade satire, and it appears that Ms. Hasegawa is quite earnest in her endeavors.
The artist takes note: