future baby production (Shu Lea Cheang and Ewen Chardronnet)

Sound and visual installation

UNBORN0X9 is an art installation and performance questioning the development of foetuses in artificial wombs outside of the body (ectogenesis) and the cyborg future of parenting.

It explores the role of obstetric science in the increasingly technological experience of human reproduction, speculating on new types of bonding that may emerge with artificial wombs. Here, pregnancy is integrated into a high-tech vision of the body as a biological component of a cybernetic communication system.

In collaboration with the echOpen fablab who engages in the development of open source and low cost echo-stethoscope with smartphone application, UNBORN0X9 forks the prototype of a creative tool and hacks the inaudible ultrasonic waves in a sonic conversion that allows the interpretation of an audiovisual and ultrasonic emotional score by performers and musicians.

UNBORN0X9 is a project by Future Baby Production collective. (Shu Lea Cheang et Ewen Chardronnet)

© Gregoire EDOUARD
© Gregoire EDOUARD

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Future Baby Production (FRA/TWN)

Future Baby Production is an initiative by Shu Lea Cheang and Ewen Chardronnet. In 2016 the echOpen fablab of Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Paris, an open and collaborative project and community fablab with the aim of designing a functional low-cost and open source echo-stethoscope (portable ultrasound device), invited the two artists/authors to collaborate and contribute to the community project through artistic practice and skills. This opportunity led to the UNBORN0X9 project.

Soon a large team of interested artists and cultural facilitators joined the initiative and started working on the various dimensions of the hacking performance project. The Future Baby Production collective name represents the common group effort to raise issues such as the possible impact of low cost echo-stethoscopy on Global Health issues, questions of access to healthcare and motherhood, ectogenesis and the technicization of reproduction, and the back-and-forth between science-fiction imaginary and science in the making at large.

Credits & mentions

An initiative by Shu Lea Cheang and Ewen Chardronnet.
An Antre-Peaux/UrsuLaB production
Co-production: Makery, Labomedia, echOpen.
Technical team: Benjamin Cadon (Labomedia), Thomas Demmer, Jérôme Dubois (Echopen), Vivien Roussel (Thr34d5).
On motherhood: Catherine Lenoble, Alexandra Haché.
With the support of the CNC-DICRéAM, realized in coproduction with gmem-CNCM-Marseille and CHRONIQUES, Biennale of Digital Imagination.
This project is kindly supported by Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab.