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– Love, Sex, Human Evolutions
A work-in-progress in text, diagram, film, and object.
The Extreme Environment Love Hotel simulates impossible places to go such as an earth of three hundred million years ago, or the surface of Jupiter by manipulating invisible but ever-present environmental factors, for example atmospheric conditions and gravity.
A love hotel is a place for discrete intimacy but also a place for intensive physical and mental exercise. How might our bodies change, struggle or even adapt with varying conditions around us? Also love hotel is designed for the sexual urge. It is a place for desire and pleasure, probably not for love nor reproduction. Recent figures speculate that around 10% of children are now conceived by In Vitro Fertilisation.
The world around us and our reproductive technologies have given rise to new ideas of what sex is or could be and where it stands between our biologically-programmed needs and inclinations and our human fetishes and desires. I feel sex isn't motivated solely by life instincts, by the need to reproduce and make our species survive. The sexual urge can make us take some life-risking actions such as HIV infection.
I wonder if our DNA might need to be modified in order to redesign the strategy of reproduction... In other words, why not evolve? To trigger evolution, we might, of course, want to use DNA modification technology. But before that, we need to study our body potentials with basic elements and invisible factors, such as atmosphere, gravity, temperature, electromagnetic waves, etc.
These days we tend to think "DNA" is the most important thing for life organisms. But there is a phrase 'nature or nurture', nurture = environment is also important. The environment has an affect DNA, which is called epigenetic.
For example, during the Carboniferous period, ancestors of the dragonfly Meganeura grew up to seventy-five centimetres due to the huge concentration of oxygen in the air, a tremendous boon to the insect but high levels of oxygen would be toxic to our fragile bodies.
Arizona State University team have managed to produce super-sized dragonflies 15% bigger than normal by raising the insects in chambers that imitate Earth's high oxygen concentrations during the Carboniferous period.
Perhaps the Extreme Environments Love Hotel might give rise to new evolutions and mutations of the human body and sex and give it a brand new role away from any of these historical precedents.
In the Carboniferous room version, which is portable, a couple share an air mask. This consists of two headgears attached to a small balloon-like chamber that is filled with recomposed carboniferous period air, such as 35% percent of oxygen and the current percentage of carbon dioxide along with the odour of swamp, fern and moss.