Revital Cohen Artificial Biological Clock 2008

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“The promises posed by new reproductive technologies such as IVF [in vitro fertilization], test tube babies, and egg freezing,” Cohen has said, “are blurring perceptions of the reproductive cycle amongst women, and consequently, the age of conception is constantly being challenged.” With Artificial Biological Clock, the designer highlights the complex social pressures and expectations that dictate a woman’s reproductive potential in contrast to the body’s natural rhythms. A woman seeking a clearer understanding of her circumstances could look to the clock, which is fed information by her doctor, therapist, and bank manager via an online service. When these complex factors align, the clock lets her know that she is ready to have a child.

Gallery label from Energy, 2019
Glass, resin, nickel-plated brass, and electronics
5 7/8 x 6 11/16 x 5 7/8" (15 x 17 x 15 cm)
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
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Architecture and Design

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