How can spatial practice facilitate a new speculation on the impact of artificial reproduction on gender binaries?
In vitro, an artificial alternative to natural reproduction and birthing, responds to male/female, production/reproduction and human/non-human binaries. Anthropogenic Mineral 209, first documented in 2019 at Abandoned Mount Morgan Mine, QLD, serves chemical properties that are extracted and harvested to generate human in vitro reproductive biotechnologies. The Artificial Gamete Generator and Artificial Womb are two speculative mechanisms that utilise in vitro biotechnology to deliver human offspring. Through a fictional lens, Year 2019 marks the transition into an ecological cybernetic epoch that imagines non-binary reproductive possibilities. The speculative project ultimately seeks to challenge and re-write the social roles of maternity through an in vitro spatial program that, simultaneously aids in the restoration of degraded Mount Morgan Mine.
What will happen when the artificial gamete and womb arrives? Spatial practice serves a platform to question and guide the potential development and outcomes of uprising in vitro technologies.