Mousetraps No. 3, 14 and 18
What happens when we modify living creatures and then set them free? Three different mousetraps are designed to get people to reflect on this. They’re custom-tailored to genetically and technologically modified mice like the ones used in testing labs. Due to a genetic defect, the Waltzing Mouse suffers from an equilibrium disorder, which means it can only move in circles. It’s caught in a spiral-shaped tube in which it can’t turn around. Cyborg Mouse has a brain implant that controls its movements; its mousetrap attracts it with a strong magnetic field and thereby makes it incapable of moving. Birdsong Mouse is lured by the tweeting of birds from a loudspeaker. Japanese researchers have created a mouse that sings like a bird.
Credits: Johanna Schmeer (DE), 2012