The Modular Body
Floris Kaayk (NL 2016, 0:41 mins, trailer)
The Modular Body is an online science fiction story about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a few like-minded people he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials. With the organism OSCAR Vlasman demonstrates that it is possible to create modular life. Stem cells can be reprogrammed, grown and printed as any type of human tissue. The line separating humans from machines is gradually becoming thinner. The story refers to various similar narratives in world literature and film history, notably Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Find out more about the project here.