INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION DESIGN
PROJECT ADVISOR : DAISUKE ENDO
MAIN THEME OF THIS EXHIBITION IS CODE OF ETHICS. THE WORK THAT GRAPHIC DESIGNERS DO MAKES AN IMPACT AND NATURALLY BRING UP THE DISCUSSION AROUND ETHICS, RESPONSIBILITY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY.
THE EXHIBITION WILL HAVE A CURVED WALL THAT FUNCTIONS AS AN OPINION POLL ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE DRAW THEIR LINES WITH AN ETHICAL ISSUE. COLLECTIVELY, LINES THAT PEOPLE DRAW WILL MAKE THE PARTICIPANTS BE MORE AWARE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND LET THEM KNOW THEIR STANCE WITHIN THE ISSUE.
WHAT IS CRISPR CAS 9?
CRISPR CAS 9 (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a DNA editing tool, which people call scientist’s potential secret weapon for treating heritage diseases like Sickle-Cell Anemia and Muscular Dystrophy. But the usage of CRISPR CAS 9 raise lots of ethical issues as it can be misused such as designing embryo before birth which may cause new social hierarchy and ecological disequilibrium.
So the exhibition is composed of a vending machine that contains multiple packagings of different functions of DNA editing kit, such as higher metabolism, immune to Alzeheimer’s and even all the control over physical apperances.
︎The exhibition is composed of a vending machine that contains multiple packaging of different functions of DNA editing kit (CRISPR CAS 9), such as higher metabolism, immune to Alzheimer’s, and even all the controls over physical appearances.
From levels 1 to 8, the exhibition panel (curved panel) will be divided according to the different levels/types of consequences that each product will bring such as from simply curing diseases, stopping inherited diseases to ecological disequilibrium, the formation of animal chimeras for organ transplantation.
HOW IT WORKS
- Each participant will choose a product of their interest when they enter the exhibition and receive a CRISPR CAS 9 packet from the vending machine.
- On the upper section of the panel, a list of different functions of the DNA edit kit will be arranged. ex) Cure to Alzheimer’s, Higher Metabolism, etc. Participants will first tie their string on the upper section where their chosen product is named. The whole panel is divided into 8 sections from levels 1 to 8 depending on the consequences that the products listed will bring.
level 1 : curing diseases
level 2 : stopping inherited diseases
level 3 : creating a better you
level 4 : new social hierarchy
level 5 : pre-planned future of your child
level 6 : ecological disequilibrium
level 7 : regulation for consumers
level 8 : formation of animal chimeras for organ transplantation
3. On the lower section of the panel, it will be divided into a scale from ethical to unethical. Based on their code of ethics, people will tie the other end of the string on the lower section of the panel, which functions as an opinion poll about people’s different moral values and codes of ethics.
PURPOSE / ROLE OF EXHIBITION
THE LENGTH OF THE STRING SHOWS THE GAP BETWEEN OUR ETHICAL CODE THAT WE THINK WE VALUE AND OUR HONEST INSTICT, WHICH CAN BE SHOWN THROUGH OUR CHOICE OF PRODUCTS WHEN THEY ENTERED THE EXHIBITION ROOM. THE EXHIBITION LETS PEOPLE THINK MORE ABOUT THEIR OWN STANCE WITHIN ANY ISSUE AND THESE COMPLICATED INTERWINED STRINGS MAY SHOW THE ACTUAL COMPLICATED ETHICAL ISSUES THAT CRISPR CAS 9 CAN BRING AND ALL THE CONFLICTING OPINIONS THAT PEOPLE HAVE DUE TO THEIR DIFFERENT MORAL VALUES.