Festival of Futures The Future is a Work in Progress exhibition : Complete Ectogenesis 2156 exhibition

Darby, Andrew and Bolton, Zoe and Dunn, Kirsty and Fovargue, Sara and Krendel, Alexandra and O'Donovan, Laura and Semino, Elena and Tsekleves, Emmanuel and Walton, Georgia and Wilkinson, Stephen and Williams, Nicola and Young, Katherine (2024) Festival of Futures The Future is a Work in Progress exhibition : Complete Ectogenesis 2156 exhibition. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Current scientific research is exploring partial ectogenesis with the aim of finding more effective treatments for extremely premature babies. Partial ectogenesis involves transferring fetuses from the maternal womb to an external ‘artificial’ womb environment, where they can continue to gestate. The development of partial ectogenesis opens up radical new possibilities for the future of human reproduction. In theory, it could enable the development of complete ectogenesis: the gestation of fetuses in artificial womb environments from embryo to full term. Members of the Future of Human Reproduction research project worked with a design researcher to create speculative artefacts that act as discursive prompts to consider the conceptual, ethical, and social implications of complete ectogenesis. These speculative artefacts are presented through a fictional Museum of Human Reproduction and gathered together as a retrospective exhibition, titled Complete Ectogenesis 2156. The exhibition was presented as part of the The Future is a Work in Progress exhibition as part of Festival of Futures.

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Other
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Research Output Funding/yes_externally_funded
Subjects:
?? imaginationhealthspeculative designyes - externally fundedno ??
ID Code:
218465
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Deposited On:
03 Jun 2024 15:55
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No
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Published
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03 Jun 2024 15:55