OX153A: Manufacturing Extinction
57.15 x 101.6 cm
22.5 x 40 in.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Humans determine if an insect is beneficial, benign or pestiferous. Even when an insect is classified as a pest, it can have, under different circumstances, a beneficial role. A fly in a house is a pest, but that same fly is beneficial in its role as a detritivore. Oxitec is a U.K based biotechnology company that uses gene modification to eliminate pests that pose a threat to human health, crop yields, and profit. OX153A: Manufacturing Extinction explores the implications of prioritizing human health and the profit of corporations above ecological stability and the health of the environment at large. Audio by Jose A. Navarro (FunnyTwenty)