Ai Hasegawa (JP) I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin...

Installation, 2013

Humans are genetically predisposed to raise children as a way of passing on their genes to the next generation. For some, the struggle to raise a child in decent conditions is becoming harder due to gross overpopulation and an increasingly strained global environment.

This project approaches the problem of human reproduction in an age of overcrowding, overdevelopment and environmental crisis. With potential food shortages and a population of nearly eight billion people, would a woman consider incubating and giving birth to an endangered species such as a shark, tuna or dolphin? This project introduces the argument for giving birth to our food to satisfy our demands for nutrition and childbirth, and discusses some of the technical details of how this might be possible. Would raising this animal as a child change its value so drastically that we would be unable to consume it because it would be imbued with the love of motherhood? The Māui dolphin has been chosen as the ideal “baby” for this piece. It is one of the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins, classified critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation’s Red List of Threatened Species (version 2.3) because of the side effects of fishing activity by humans, its size (which closely matches the size of a human baby), and its high intelligence level and communication abilities.

I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin… imagines a point in the future, where humans will help this species by the advanced technology of synthetic biology. A “dolp-human placenta” that allows a human female to deliver a dolphin is created, and thus humans can become a surrogate mother to endangered species. Furthermore, gourmets would be able to enjoy the luxury of eating a rare animal: an animal made by their own body, raising questions of the ownership of rare animal life, and life itself.

Special Thanks
Dolphin Robot: Masamichi Hayashi
Actress: Yuria Fujino
Camera: Hiromitsu Murakami

Ai Hasegawa (JP)

Artist and designer. Ai Hasegawa produced many works putting emphasis on subjects relating to technology and people, employing techniques such as bio-art and speculative design. Ai produces provocative work and incites discussion, continually seeking answers to questions on ethical barriers through technology. Ai’s signature projects are related to reproduction and eating: (Im)possible Baby, Shared Baby, Human X Shark, I wanna deliver a Dolphin..., and so on. She published a design education book Revolutionary20XX in 2020.