birdsong

cyborg

waltzing

MOUSETRAPS

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” [1], 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”[2] 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” [3], a mouse that sings like a bird, which has been created by Japanese researchers.

[1] Stein, K. F., Huber Filosa, S., ‘A new mutation causing circling behaviour in mice’, Journal of Heredity, Volume 55, Issue 5, 1964, pp. 247-252.
[2] Graham-Rowe, D., ‘Robo-rat controlled by brain electrodes’, http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn2237, 2002, (accessed 16 March 2012).
[3] Agence France Press, ‘Singing mouse made with genetic modification’, http://news.discovery.com/animals/mouse-tweets-geneticmodification-101221.html, 2010, (accessed 16 March 2012).

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