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Dreaming Before The Start Of Time

Artificial womb structure experiment

A work-in-progress installation of a new research and design endeavor into reproductive technologies and their societal impact. The installation forms an invitation to reflect on the future of reproduction and to share your own values, stories and concerns about the future of reproduction.

Transdisciplinary collaboration

Lisa Mandemaker, DesignLab (University of Twente) and ESDiT (the ethics of socially disruptive technologies research department) combine bio-ethical, philosophical and design perspectives to think about the mediating role of technology in our experience of the beginning of life.

In this transdisciplinary project, we seek to explore the ways in which the artificial womb could disrupt family relations, gender roles, the practice of abortion, the experiences of expecting and having children, the concepts of pregnancy, gestation, giving birth and parenthood. In order to anticipate processes of techno-moral change to which this technology could contribute, we will develop a methodology that combines elements from the techno-moral change approach (techno-moral scenarios) with social, speculative, and participatory design methodologies and apply them in a series of workshops in which the scenarios are refined. The project aims at raising broad public awareness and at inspiring a broad discussion about the direction in which we want this technology to be developed.

The stories, values, inspirations and connections that visitors of the Dutch Design Week contribute to the installation, will form a valuable resource in the development of the project.

About Lisa Mandemaker

As a speculative designer Lisa Mandemaker creates new narratives for technological innovations. She realizes this by translating and designing theoretical research into prototypes. This creates physical invitations to reflect on choices we could make now, for a future that could work for everyone.
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