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Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund – Pink Chicken Project | GES Colloquium (Zoom)

October 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Pink Chicken Project

Speaker: Leo Fidjeland & Linnea Våglund, Co-Founders at Nonhuman Nonsense

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Description: Pink Chicken Project suggests changing the color of the entire species Gallus gallus domesticus – using the recently invented CRISPR Gene Drive technique – coloring the geological trace of humankind, pink!


The Pink Chicken Project is an ambiguous proposal to use a recently invented biotechnology called “Gene Drive” to genetically modify the bones and feathers of all chickens in the world to the color pink. As scientists suggest chicken bones to be a primary identifier of our time (the Anthropocene), this intervention would modify the future fossil record, coloring the geological trace of humankind, pink!

Framed as an activist campaign/startup, this speculative suggestion reveals the intimate link between social and ecological justice, and allows us to think about the impact of novel biotechnologies from multiple ethical and political perspectives: why should we seek/avoid this future? How does the violence of entire-species genetic modification compare to the violence already inflicted on billions of chickens in factory farms? How can we have ethical relationships with other species in a shifting landscape of human-nonhuman power?

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Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio creating near-future fabulations and experiments somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They seek to transmute our relationship to the non-human, by embracing the contradictory and the paradoxical – telling stories that open the public imaginary to futures that currently seem impossible. Founded by Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund, it is based between Berlin and Stockholm.


October 6, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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