The cyberpunk future looks upsettingly meaty

I was having a fairly good day as far as Mondays go. I had a decent sleep, the weather's milder than some of the days we've been having, and I even had a sneaky café coffee and muffin to get me going. I was ready to take on the day, until my friend sent me a video of a fleshy, Cronenberg-esque ensemble of walking chicken giblets, which I now feel compelled to share with you. You're welcome.

The video came from the Bodification exhibit at MOD Museum in South Australia which features a mix of real and speculative futures for the human body. It looks at the idea of health, Dues Ex-style augmentations, the Biomutant-like mixing of human and animal DNA, and heaps more. 

It's an exploration of science fiction and science fact. Part of the point of the exhibition is to present different solutions to the problem of owning a flesh prison, real and otherwise, and have the viewer question what's possible. Both artists and researchers at the University of South Australia worked to give us this wild and occasionally disturbing look into our potential cyberpunk futures.

In the case of my morning-disturbing meat monster, we're thankfully looking at an artist's creation. This piece by Floris Kaayk is an intense work that spans multiple videos. It's science fiction pieced together with mockumentary-style footage showing the creation, or birth if you prefer, of OSCAR, the meat thing. 

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The ModularBody website has a wonderful journey you can take, where you float over videos, or just autoplay them. You can also check it out straight on YouTube, if you'd rather navigate it your own way. As someone who was very eternally scarred by Saya No Uta, I can highly recommend exploring this work.

Aside from the horrific and wonderful art involved, Bodification shows off some genuinely impressive science. One involves creating organ-like structures on chips to do radiation testing. We're already looking to grow perfect crystals on silicon chips, so why not body parts too? This kind of work should reduce the need for animal testing, and help us to better understand radiation effects, especially when used for fighting cancer.

Another welcome piece of real world science in the exhibit is the work of Dr Parinaz Ahangar who wants to heal you from the inside. We're not talking some wellness retreat or vitamin gummy pack here. Ahangar's work is all about dealing with long-healing wounds and breaks in the skin that can lead to ongoing problems or infection. She's working to use injections to reduce a protein that inhibits healing. 

Turns out the countless videogames that made me thrust a syringe into my wound to heal it might have been onto something.

Hope Corrigan
Hardware Writer

Hope’s been writing about games for about a decade, starting out way back when on the Australian Nintendo fan site Since then, she’s talked far too much about games and tech for publications such as Techlife, Byteside, IGN, and GameSpot. Of course there’s also here at PC Gamer, where she gets to indulge her inner hardware nerd with news and reviews. You can usually find Hope fawning over some art, tech, or likely a wonderful combination of them both and where relevant she’ll share them with you here. When she’s not writing about the amazing creations of others, she’s working on what she hopes will one day be her own. You can find her fictional chill out ambient far future sci-fi radio show/album/listening experience podcast right here. No, she’s not kidding.