Future Baby Production is an initiative by Shu Lea Cheang and Ewen Chardronnet in collaboration with Benjamin Cadon (Labomedia), Jérôme Dubois (echOpen), Thomas Demmer & Quentin Perchais (Qastor), Vivien Roussel (thr34d5) and Svar Simpson.
In 2016, the echOpen fab lab at Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Paris, an open, collaborative project and community fab lab created with the aim of designing a functional, low-cost, open source echo-stethoscope (portable ultrasound device), invited the two artists/authors to apply their artistic practice and skills and both collaborate with and contribute to the community project. A large team of interested artists and cultural facilitators joined the initiative.
The name Future Baby Production represents the common group effort to raise issues such as the possible impact of low-cost echo-stethoscopy on global health issues, questions of access to healthcare and motherhood, ectogenesis and the increasingly technological approach to human reproduction, the imaginary world of science-fiction and the future of science in general.
Shu Lea Cheang is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker working in installation and performance art, net.art, public art, video installation, feature length films and web series.
Shu Lea Cheang was in residency at the Cité internationale des arts between 2004 and 2006 through the Cité internationale des arts and the Ministère de la Culture – Direction générale de la création artistique, France.
Ewen Chardronnet is an artist, author, journalist, project manager and curator. He is editor-in-chief of the web magazine Makery.info and writes about citizen science, hacker/maker culture and collaborations between art and science.