Gifted is a participatory project inspired by children’s imaginations, and in which children are the protagonists. The prototypes I have created materialise an imaginary future where ability is considered before birth and influenced via training and parental supervision throughout the child’s development. A series of scenarios have been explored that have helped children imagine what abilities they might like to have. The core ideas are explained by the children themselves in dialogue with their parents, in order to facilitate a discussion about the prospects and merits of a future in which such technology exists. This work both explores the possible motivations of parents who attempt to influence their child's future through genetic enhancement technology and raises questions about how children themselves might use their own fantasies and dreams to imagine an alternative genetic future.
One could ask whether it is adults or children who are really in control of the technology.
Illustration by Alice Hoult