Kuang-Yi Ku (NL/TW)



Tiger penis project


The work of Kuang-yi Ku often deals with the human body, sexuality, interpecies interaction and medical technology, aiming to investigate the relationship among technology, individual and environment.


Many cultures have their own systems of alternative medicine, whose effectiveness cannot always be proven according to contemporary scientific analysis. They are usually regarded as mere cultural myths, such as the use of the tiger penis to increase virility in the traditional Chinese medicine (TMC)

Bringing non-western perspectives to speculative design scenarios, this project proposes the use of emerging  biotechnologies to create artificial animal parts for Chinese medicine.     Combining western and Chinese medicine and technologies this new hybrid medicine prevents the further destruction of both animals and traditional cultures. It provides more possibilities for the coexistence of human society and the natural environment.