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Workshop about Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) derived from the Tiger Pe...

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Baltan Laboratories

Kastanjelaan 500

5616 LZ Eindhoven

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A workshop exploring science, traditional culture and biodiversity through speculative design by Kuang-Yi Ku.

In the traditional culture of Chinese medicine (TCM) the myth of eating the tiger penis for male virility enhancement is called "Yi Xing Bu Xing”. It can be literally translated as shape or form, meaning that consuming an animal organ will nourish or heal the corresponding or similarly-shaped human organ or body part. For instance, eating pig liver is good for the liver.

The consumption of the tiger penis is a cultural myth that was formed within a similar context. This workshop will introduce the concept of "Yi Xing Bu Xing” through a series of food/medicines from the future of Chinese culture. These fictional food/medication are hybridized by Chinese medicine and Western biotechnologies to avoid the killing of endangered animals in the future. Participants can experience the gastronomic/medical speculation derived from traditional Chinese medicine during the workshop.

The use and effect of alternative medicine emerges can't always be proved by contemporary scientific researches. It's usually regarded as a cultural myth, like the tiger penis for virility in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Nevertheless, the huge demand of wild animal parts as TCM results in increasing endangered animals. Kuang-Yi Ku proposes that TCM still contains a certain value, which is very differrent from mainstream western medicine. The main concept of this project is to discuss and find answers how to mitigate this conflict between the value of traditional Chinese medical culture and contemporary thinking of environmental conservation?

Combining non-western perspectives and speculative scenarios, the workshop explores new forms of creating artificial animal parts by using emerging biotechnologies for Chinese medication in the future. Combining Western and Chinese medicine, the methodology of this hybrid medicine provides a range of possibilities for society and our natural environment.

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Kuang-Yi Ku was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently based in Eindhoven, he is studying at the Design Academy. Kuang-Yi Ku graduated with a double masters degree in dentistry from The National Yang-Ming University. He is a practicing dentist, a new media artist and a social designer. He has won the 1st prize of Taipei Digital Art Awards in 2015 with “The Fellatio Modification Project”, involving body modification, gender studies, queer theories, and dentistry all together. His work often deals with the human body, sexuality, human-animal interaction and medical technology, aiming to investigate the relationships among technology, the individual and the environment.http://www.kukuangyi.com
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