Transgenic genitalia


Since I first saw it in 2002, the Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka glass flowers collection at the Harvard Peabody Museum has compelled me to appropriate its astonishing forms: magnified ovarian cross sections in a multitude of shapes, fuzzy stamens, and tenticular pistils. These hypersexual parts are mind-blowing in the diversity and deliciousness of their forms.

Working from photographs and life-castings of the glass flowers and human genitalia, I would like to create in Maya, 3-D renderings of one model of flower genitalia from the glass flowers, and a single set of human genitalia. These two 3-D models will serve as the parent forms for a series of virally-produced, transgenic 3-D models.

My proposal to you is to script a virus to embed within the data of the Maya files, set to “infect” the data of another file in order to modify and hybridize the 3-D form. In other words, your viral software will enable the rendering of human genitals to infect and modify the data of the flower genitals. A third file will thus be created: a child bearing resemblences to both parents; a transgenic form born of the viral cross-pollination of human and plant data.

This process of viral reproduction will be repeated to create several new transgenic offspring.

I will remodel the files in order to rapid-prototype the “transgenic” forms resulting from these virtual plant-animal fusions and create tactile sculptures in silicone and rubber.

The piece is a dark yet playful reflection on biotechnology and nature’s most mysterious and wild functions: sexual and viral reproduction.

Your software contribution will enable Maya users to mutinize all kinds of objects and creatures, beyond my desire to crossbreed human and plant reproductive organs.