Botched Dollies
2011 - 2013



Botched Dolly

"Botched Dollies" - OCT SUHE CREEK Gallery - Shanghai - 2011

"Botched Dollies" is a production of MAC - Maison des Arts de Créteil. 

 



botched dollies exhibiton view

"Botched Dollies" - OCT SUHE CREEK Gallery - Shanghai - 2011

“Botched Dollies” is a robotic installation involving 4 robots with plaster, prosthesis or various  malformations due to cloning experiments commonly used in breeding industry.

The audience is invited to watch these 4 "Botched Dollies", named after the first cloned sheep and in reference to the term "botched taxidermy" that Steve Baker uses in his book "The postmodern animal".



Installation:

This installation is a follow-up to my previous installations Dog[LAB]01 & Dog[LAB]02 which were already questioning animal experimentations.




These 4 new robots disclose the hidden sides of the research in cloning experiments, revealing various secret laboratory practices and enlightening numerous botched trials and failures intrinsic to the universally acclaimed specimen.

The audience is invited to watch these 4 different "Botched Dollies", named after the first cloned sheep and in reference to the term "botched taxidermy" that Steve Baker uses in his book "The postmodern animal".

These "Botched Dollies" embody frequent pathologies and side effects of cloning experiments commonly used in breeding industry, some animals exhibit behavioral/morphological pathologies or malformations, some others need prosthesis or plasters.

The robots are here not only a medium to embody questions about cloning, but also the fact that these animals are robots moreover that they are suffering from human or animal pathologies, reminds us that the more life-like robots become, the more prone they’ll be to illness and human diseases, challenging the Utopian dreams of trans-humanists in which robotic technology was seen as a means of overcoming our mortality.



Les différentes expèces:


LOS botched Dolly

Dolly n°1: Large Offspring Syndrome (LOS) clone

This almost “dead” Dolly is lying on its side and has an oversize belly. She reveals the "large offspring syndrome" or "fetal oversize" which is a phenomenon found 9 times on 10 in calves and lambs generated by nuclear transfer technology. Cloned animals quite often die from infections shortly after birth or are born with serious deformities.


ANT-C Botched Dolly

Dolly n°2: Antennapedia C gene mutation (ANT-C gene)

This botched dolly has red eyes and some legs as ears referring to the drosophilae. This vinegar fly largely is largely used in laboratories for gene mutation experiments, and develops legs in the eye-antennal disc when she presents the Antennapedia C gene mutation (ANT-C gene).


prosthesis Botched Dolly

Dolly n°2: Ovine mysotatin gene mutation (MSTN AA

This botched Dolly has some prosthesis fitted with wheels at its front legs in order to repair missing legs that are frequent in many mutations. This living robot has artificial prosthesis. Despite her prosthesis the animal experiences some mobility difficulties.


plastered Bocthed Dolly

Dolly n°2: Ovine mysotatin gene mutation (MSTN) BB

This botched Dolly has been born with severe foreleg deformities. She has some plastered legs. She remains seated and cries like a sad puppy. These leg malformations cause balance problems.



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Exhibition "Augmented Senses" - OCT SUHE CREEK Gallery  - Shanghai - 2011

A China - France Media Art Exhibtion.

Website of the exhibition "Augmented Senses" - OCT  Shanghai






Liens:

Exhibition "Augmented Senses" - OCT  Shanghai

Exhibition "Augmented Senses" - Webiste of la Maison des Art de Créteil

Exhibition "Natures Artificielles" -  EXIT 2013 Festival

"Botched Dollies" on the website of la Maison des Arts de Créteil

MAC  "Botched Dollies" is a prduction of MAC