The project “Mousetraps No.3, 14 and 18″ aims at creating a reflection and discussion about the altering and design of life forms, by speculating about a future where these new life forms become commonplace, and a part of our natural environment.
The traps are designed for three different genetically and technologically modified rodents, which exist in research laboratories today. The “waltzing mouse” , the only one of the three that already exists in nature, has a genetic abnormality which, because of a defect of the inner ear, causes the mouse to run in circles due to problems with its balance. The trap captures the mouse in a circular pipe which is closed at the top – due to the genetic defect the mouse will not be able to escape by walking backwards or turning around.
The “cyborg mouse” is a mouse like the many rodents that have been used in laboratories to test brain implants. The trap captures the mouse by attracting it to a strong magnet, which switches off its movement
controlling brain implant. The third trap is shaped like a speaker and plays birdsongs to attract the “birdsong mouse” , a mouse that sings like a bird, which has been created by Japanese researchers.
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