“Tiger Penis Project Expo” is now on at Baltan Laboratories.
Expo period: from December 10, 2018 till March 1, 2019.
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Bringing non-western perspectives to speculative design scenarios, this project proposes the use of emerging biotechnologies to create artificial animal parts for Chinese medicine.
Combining western and Chinese medicine and technologies, this new hybrid medicine prevents the further destruction of both animals and traditional cultures, and provides more possibilities for the coexistence of human society and the natural environment.
Many cultures have their own systems of alternative medicine, whose effectiveness cannot always be proven according to contemporary scientific analysis. They are usually regarded as mere cultural myths, such as the use of the tiger penis to increase virility in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). At the same time, the huge demand for wild animals in TCM poses a threat to endangered species. Nevertheless, TCM may offer other benefits beyond mainstream western medicine. Is there a way to resolve the conflict between health, culture, and environmental conservation through a new interpretation of traditional Chinese medicine?
In the Tiger Penis Project, designer Kuang-Yi Ku will show the lab setup which can be used for creating hybrid animal parts, as well as an installation showcasing various manmade animal parts. Come and see the future of medicine for yourself!
About Kuang-Yi Ku
Kuang-Yi Ku was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and is recently based in the Netherlands. He has graduated with triple master degrees with Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven, dentistry from National Yang-Ming University and communication design from Shih Chien University. He is a practising dentist, a bio-artist and a social designer.
Opening hours during the holidays
Please note that the opening hours of the Natlab are as following during the festive season:
24/12 Christmas eve – closed from 17:00
25/12 Christmas – closed
26/12 Christmas – open (regular hours)
31/12 & 01/01 New Years – closed