Design project, 2012

The project “Mousetraps No.3, 14 and 18ʺ 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’,, 2002.
[3] Agence France Press, ‘Singing mouse made with genetic modification’,, 2010.