The Cyborg Genesis is a speculative work about the future of human reproduction. I have sought inspiration from Shulamith Firestone’s 1970 feminist manifesto, which encouraged women to take seizure of the control of human fertility, distinguishing between sex and reproduction. We can see a wearable machine capable of monitoring a posthuman uterus, an external and portable uterus. This, along with other medical advances, such as sexual cells procurement out of other body cells, would allow that human reproduction not be dependent on our biology or sexual orientation.
María Castellanos is a Spanish artist and researcher, she has a Degree and a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo, Spain, with an Extraordinary Ph.D. Award 2016. She researches about technological prosthesis, focusing on hybridizations between cyborgs and wearables as a paradigm of extending human sensorial capabilities. Her work has won awards including the recent VERTIGO STARTS, a prize granted under the aegis of EU-Horizon 2020, an initiative led by Centre Pompidou and IRCAM, Paris, and the Fraunhifer. Gesellschaft, Germany, to foster collaboration between art practitioners and R&D projects. In 2016 the artist had a research residency at SoftLab at Sliperiet, Umea Universitet (Sweden), and was awarded the Antón Scholarship for Sculpture Research from the Museo Antón in Candás (Spain). Also in 2016, they were nominated for the STARTSPrize' 16 at Ars Electronica, Linz (Austria), and the Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo (Japan).