| Transplant/Biopresence was first presented in May 2002 at the Interaction Design Studio at the RCA
A Project by Georg Tremmel and Shiho Fukuhara
Trans-Plant is based on two biological facts.
1. The total base number of the DNA of a tree can be much higher than
the total base number of the human DNA.
2. Only genes carry the heritage informatin of an organism, and only a
relativly small part of the DNA is used for genes. The rest, the space
in between, is superficial, junk DNA. (jDNA)
Trans-Plant proposes to replace the jDNA of a tree with the complete DNA
of a human being. Although the jDNA has no obvious function, it will get
replicated on propagated on future generations. Our main concern with
this project was how the relationship to a Trans-Planted Human Tree would
change. Can it be a memorial service for a recently deceased person? Or
what if you would put the DNA of an aborted fetus into a tree? What about
the conservation of those tree? Would it change the city landscape? How
would this fact alter our perception and behaviour towards these trees?
Would you eat an apple from your grandma tree?