Scientific advancements are revolutionising the way that humans are conceived and born. This project introduces XX BIOSYSTEMS, a fictional company offering experimental pregnancy services to those seeking an alternative to in vivo birth. Through documentary-style film, it follows two women on their controversial journey to motherhood – investigating the motivations, anxieties and vulnerabilities that may drive us towards the complete medicalisation of birth. With the aim of engaging the public in debate around how these technologies are marketed, regulated and implemented, the project explores our relationship with technology, the complexities of choice and what it means to be human.
Rachel Foley is a London-based, American designer exploring the intersection of emerging technologies and our existing social, economic, and cultural systems. Through design fiction, realism, film, and storytelling, she develops provocative near-future scenarios that aim to promote nuanced debate about humanity’s relationships with technology and ourselves. In considering the future of healthcare, AI, and personal data, she explores how design can be used as a tool to encourage government, industry, and the public to collectively shape our increasingly complex world. Rachel currently works as part of the London design duo DEBUNKcollective alongside Maël Hénaff. Her work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern Museum and Milan Design Week. She holds a MA in Material Futures from Central Saint Martins and worked previously in the New York healthcare and technology industries.morePortfolio LinkedIn Instagram
Illudian – Circadian Shape-Shifting Lights for Confined Spaces
A shifting light to simulate different times of day