Nature 2.0: The superpowered, GPS-enabled critters of the future

Scarabee1Vincent Fournier re-imagined animals as highly evolved techno-animals. This beetle has a GPS receiver in its horn and secretes a two-layer ABS/plexiglass material 

By Liz Stinson
Someday, maybe not so far in the future, our animals could look very different. Or at least, act very different. Evolution tends to take its time, but Vincent Fournier has sped up the process. In his Post-Natural History series, the photographer has transported us to a time where science, technology and living organisms have all intersected to create a handful of ultra-developed species with highly technological capabilities.

“These creatures come from the future—an imagined future, based loosely on current research on synthetic biology and genetic engineering,” he says. “The idea is that these are living species,  to better fit our environment as well as to adapt to new human desires.” The creatures inside Fournier’s make-believe encyclopedia look familiar; their futuristic alterations are so subtle that you have to know what you’re looking for in order to see it. Fournier’s Beetle, for example, houses a GPS receiver inside its tiny horn. It’s also capable of secreting a two-layer ABS/plexiglass material, though you’d never know it just by glancing at the bug.

 

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