Trial Child: Nurture a Better Nature
Scotty Wagner (BFA 2011)
This is a digital still from the video, "Trial Child: Nurture a Better Nature," an unconventional household drama set in an imagined future where self-control is the single most important quality in human development. Trial Child, a robotic replica of a couple's would-be child, is the newest technology. This tragicomic Pinocchio-esque tale addresses issues surrounding the cyborg identity and our growing personification of robotics in relation to gender, identity, technological absurdity and family politics.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.