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EUDAIMONIA

The novel gene editing technology CRISPR-cas9 allows fast and precise applications to cut, alter and repair genes of all living entities including humans. The aim of the project is to problematize psychological enhancement through bioengineering towards happiness and so-called better life. Therefore the work sets its focus on the ancient Greek theory of Eudaimonia, as one of the most fundamental philosophical concepts of “good life” as self-development technique.

The speculative design project is realized as a fictional gene editing product and as a short film. This possible near future scenario thematizes the phantasmatic drive towards happiness as the ultimate goal of human existence.

Happiness then, is found to be something perfect and self sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.” (Aristotle)

Objects: handblown glass / 3D printed brass / 3D printed polyamide with flocking / gold plated needle

Collaboration partners: Pauli Hyvönen / 3D Rendering, Wiebke Matthes - Technical University Berlin Chemistry department / glassblowing, Jacob Palumbo / Science mentoring