The project “Mousetraps No.3, 14 and 18” aims at creating a reflection and discussion about the altering and design of lifeforms, by speculating into a future where these new lifeforms become commonplace, and a part of our natural environment.
The traps are designed for genetically and technologically enhanced rodents, all of which already exist in laboratories today. The ‘waltzing mouse’ , which is the only one of the three that also exists in nature today, has a genetic abnormality which, because of a defect of the inner ear, causes the mouse to run in circles due to problems with its balance. The trap captures the mouse through a circular pipe which is closed at the top – due to the genetic defect the mouse will not be able to escape by walking backwards or turning around. The ‘cyborg mouse’ is a mouse like the many rodents that have been used in laboratories to test brain implants. The trap captures the mouse by attracting it to a strong magnet, which switches off its movement-controlling brain implant. The third trap is shaped like a speaker and plays birdsongs to attract the ‘birdsong mouse’ , a mouse which sings like a bird that has been created by Japanese researchers.