Eliminate the Status Quo

I am teaching a course this semester titled: My Body is a Project. It is a provocative take on the proposition that the Body Ought to be Considered the Commons. I have 18 students in the tutorial. And we have a MSTeams channel for discussion.

Natalie* – that question of yours has been buzzing around in my head. I guess an inquiry could be reframed as a brief.

(*NOTE: I do not have a student named Natalie in my class. This was a student who said ‘I am torn’ when referring to whether he understood the intent of the course or not. Torn, aka Natalie Imbruglia, our very own Neighbours star who made it big.)

First: Who can serve as the agency that could hypothetically formulate a brief on the design of the human civilization on this planet?

I though maybe Loki, Ahura Mazda (which unfortunately is now a car brand) or some such exotic designer. (Do you have your favourite civilization-designer you can name? Please respond in reply section.) But I think we can go with the social commentator par excellence, the one and only inestimable, the ultimate wise one. Yes, I went with Ultron.


BRIEF: Re-Imagine the Human Body – HUMAN BODY X.

CLIENT: Ultron.

FEES: Pro Bono

REWARD: Utopia

CONTEXT: This project (the Human Body X) is one of the sub projects of the larger ENTERPRISE of Ultron. The Goal of this MISSION?

“… only way to save the world from future threats is to

eliminate the status quo and

those who protect it …”

(LINK – A shallow reading of the Avengers plot will lead you to think Ultron is the bad guy. My son, a politics major, set me right. You figure it out for yourself)

To populate a new planet with the young of this planet (Earth) and to create a new human civilization (and with assorted, curated flora and fauna that we can eat).

Meanwhile: On this planet all the baby boomers and the oldies will be sterilized (to stop further creature creation). They will then be allowed to die out. Planet Earth will be covered by NDIS and will be run like a nursing home. Unique features of this program will be:

  • Anti vaxxers and conspiracy theorists will be paid top dollar to convince people not to vaccinate. This way species death will be accelerated.
  • Corporates will be allowed to pollute at will. This way global warming and toxic effluents will wipe out remote populations. Some in the Ultron’s labs call this The New Chernobyl Approach.
  • Surveillance will be stopped. Police will be withdrawn. People who kill other people will be be rewarded.

Scenario mappings have shown that the planet could be made safe as a herbarium within a century. So interplanetary historical tourism can commence.

HUMAN BODY X refers to new and innovative ways to keep the human body safe. Both as a collective and as a singular.

Ultron is a big fan of the Cuban Healthcare model. So capitalists (leeches aka blood suckers, he calls them) will not run the body maintenance (aka what in the old world was called health care) and body enhancement program. Yes Ultron’s program to enhance mind and body potential is going well.


By Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri lives in Melbourne, Australia - #probonodesign #codesign #sustainability #patientexperience #quantifiedself #mdg

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