Self-repair (work in progress)
Laboratory. 2017-2018
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Recent workshops on making penicillin at home and research on how to 
clone one's own body have opened up a relatively unexplored field of DIY 
practices related to experiments with the body. On the other hand, 
similar experiments are often associated with AI in science fiction 
movies and novels.

One of the better known self-surgeries under "real-life conditions" was 
performed by Leonid Rogozov. In 1961 during his expedition to the 
Antarctic, which at that time was not really an inhabited place, Rogozov 
performed an appendectomy on himself. While humanity dreams about space 
travel, we often forget to ponder the question of "What if..." What if 
there is no chance of asking others for help, fulfilling one or the 
other task? What if certain experimentation is restricted by law? There 
are also other related questions, like "How far can I experiment with my 
own body?" or "To whom do parts of my body belong if they are detached 
from my body?"

The project is a reference to non-traditional cases where certain social
considerations are excluded under existing circumstances, or a reference
to the contexts of malfunctioning systems, especially of those related
to one's own body. Self-repair is about an ability to identify and to fix
one's own systems. Self-repair is also about experiments that might not be 
tolerated by society and that might instead be considered unethical.