Parasitic Prosthesis

This project envisions symbiotic life with modified parasites. The idea of a central figure of comparison within scientific research has resulted in the generation of a human ‘average’ through the creation of norms and standards. Forming an accepted societal basis, which is difficult to adhere to. The design of prosthetics aims to satisfy these norms visually and mechanistically for the benefit of onlookers, yet not chemically or hormonally for the user.

Producing a living prosthesis that is modified to transfer the precursor to hormone production within its saliva, may offer functionality beyond the aesthetic, through symbiosis, for example additional testosterone production post orchidectomy. Although functionally this furthers the connection to societal norm the methods used to achieve ‘average’ are perhaps not perceived this way.

 

Shown below as part of Last Breath exhibition