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Lingxizhu Meng

MA work

The Animal-Human Baby-Pet

The Animal-Human Baby-Pet could be a future product to satisfy urges and restraints of a modern society from the perspective of wanna-be grandparents, economically insecure singles, and people that just aren’t ready to commit to the life-long responsibility of having a child. By looking at possibilities of synthetic biology and genetic engineering for this scenario my intention is to push people to think about the relationship between their daily lives and the influences that advancing science has on them. Mother Milk Robot reflects the idea of lab grown meat today.

Info

  • Lingxizhu Meng profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Interactions, 2014

  • In 2011 I came to London from Changsha, China, to study at the RCA. The different culture and social system of London that I have experienced has been a great influence. When I look back at China now, from my perspective in London, it is like being a traveller seeing a once-familiar world differently.

    I use my work to reflect prejudice, stereotype and paradox by creating speculative scenarios based on my own cultural confusion of the world. In Chinese culture there is a belief that everything is somehow related to each other. In the Butterfly Theory, for example, small differences in initial conditions yield widely diverging outcomes for such dynamic systems, rendering long-term predictions impossible in general.

    Looking at the future shock of synthetic biology and robotic technology and the industries around them provided as inspiration to speculate on how society’s urges and motivations might drive outcomes.

  • Degrees

  • BA Digital Media, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 2011
  • Experience

  • User experience designer, Yinova Digital Media, Beijing, 2010; Application designer, 1bu2bu Multimedia Lab, Beijing, 2011–5
  • Exhibitions

  • Interactive Installation Exhibition of CAFA Media Lab, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, 2011; Graduate Show, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 2011; London Design Week, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2012