CRISPR CAS 9:
WHERE IS YOUR LINE? VER.II
INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION DESIGN
“Creating works that could exist only in our future by asking a lot of what if questions that makes people think of futures they want or the futures they want to escape from or the future that might happen to us is one of the goals” (from Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby)
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(designer baby) which may cause new social hierarchy and ecological disequilibrium.
Do you have your own code of ethics as a consumer / as a graphic designer? Where do you draw the line?
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.
On the lower section of the panel, it will also 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.
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
CODE OF ETHICS
FOR THE GRAPHIC DESIGNERS:
The work that designers create do make an impact and naturally bring up a discussion about ethics, responsibility, and accountability, Defining our own set of values as a designer is essential. People’s moral standards or beliefs may not be compatible with the other. Where do people draw their lines? Through the exhibition, the purpose is to ask questions to not only designers but also any consumers in the world about their code of ethics. MAIN THEME, CRISPR CAS 9: The main theme, CRISPR CAS 9 is a DNA editing tool and described as a scientist’s potential secrete weapon for heritage diseases like Sickle Cell Anemia, and Muscular Dystrophy. It can be used as a solution to prevent or cure diseases like AIDS, cancer, or even prevent from having Alzheimer’s by editing the faulty DNA. But as the usage of CRISPR CS 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. As it is designers’ job to look into the possible consequences of technological and scientific applications before they happen, there will be boxes of CRISPR CAS 9 sold in the vending machine and let people imagine how it would be like and how they would react.