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Artist: Heather Sheehan
Technique: video
Measurement: 8 min 15 s
Date: 1999

The work belongs to the genre of science fiction. Using preserved DNA, scientists have brought to life an individual from the extinct species called Maboutae, whose characteristic was that it only possessed a single orifice which was used for all life’s functions. This species became extinct because there was too much demand for the jasmine milk produced by its members. The story is a parody of medical experiments and the language used by contemporary researchers. The artist questions the outcomes of such experiments – will an artificially created organism be able to live outside the laboratory? Is there a potential danger of losing control over it? Is it legitimate to recreate extinct species and clone living organisms for utilitarian purposes?