The Resilient Organism
The Resilient Organism is a speculative project researching & creating alternative life based on the genes of the cockroaches.
We are entering a major crossroads in human history. We can seek innovation, make it to the final frontier, make cleaner energy, and colonise other worlds. But in the current conjuncture, it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. We as humans will not be able to survive if we continue to pollute the earth.
Researching the gnome of the cockroaches shows us why they are super resilient and adaptable. Their genome includes code for neutralising toxins, regrowing limbs and a thousand genes for detecting food and chemicals. Cockroaches can be the solution for humanity to survive in the future. We are creating alternative life by using CRISPR technology, changing the existing human DNA into a new form based on the genes of the cockroaches.
Providing background information about each topic so students have a starting point to create ideas 💡
Taking genes of a cockroach and implement them into the human body to survive climate change sounds like science fiction. however, within the resilient organism, this far fetched idea comes close to reality.
Researching cockroaches without seeing them in real life felt wrong so we decided to have some cockroaches as our new home pets. We closely looked to the way they behaved. Gaining a lot of knowledge by watching them for hours and hours.
In the current conjuncture, it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. We as humans will not be able to survive if we continue to pollute the earth.
Researching how we can imply the abilities of the cockroach heart into the human body. That is why we designed a new human heart which consists of 12 chambers and has a fail-safe mechanism.
The Current respiratory system of humans is vulnerable but essential for sustaining life. By implementing the tracheal system of the cockroach we can enhance the human body.
ventiveness lies in recognising the merits of the cockroach’s heart and adapting them to future living conditions we as humanity will be confronted with.
Using the CRISPR technique to take the genes of the cockroach and imply them to humans. This new organism (human-animal hybrid) may be the answer for humanity to survive in the future.
Behind the scenes. Creating the stopmotion for every subject.
After our guest lesson, we asked for feedback through little cards. The overall feedback was really good and everyone enjoyed expressing themselves with the use of lego. The overall average grade they give the activity was an 8,8.