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Intimate Implant

Coexisting with technology within our bodies

Jasper Zijlstra

Imagine living closely with an implant in your body for a year. An implant that helps you heal and grow new body parts.


A close relationship develops in which you care for each other, until, as previously agreed, the implant sacrifices itself. Not long after, you receive an emotional farewell message from the implant, reflecting on your connection - and on the bond between humans and technology.

This speculative experience deals with the emotional relationship between humans and technology, a topic that yet has received little attention in science. From the perspective of three regenerative implants – a new type of implant that breaks down and is replaced by new native body tissue – Burgers explores scenarios in which humans and technology intimately coexist.

What is it like for technology to serve, and be so subservient to humans, how do we live harmoniously with technology, and what if technology doesn't deliver on its promises?

Interdisciplinary collaboration

Intimate Implant has been developed in close collaboration with Manon van Daal and Anne-Floor de Kanter. They are researchers in Bioethics at the (sub)department of Bioethics and Health Humanities (UMC Utrecht).

About Bertrand Burgers

Bertrand is a speculative designer who creates works in which he questions the ethical and moral dilemmas surrounding new technology. Using art and design, he typically makes complex issues accessible and tangible to a broad audience.

Ivar Pel

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