James Gilpin
I Live On The Edge,
A Cupcake Away
From A Coma




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Millions worldwide experience type 1 diabetes. What similarities can be drawn between today’s medical conditions and future deviations from genetic norms? I am a type 1 diabetic and I have used my direct personal experiences of living with this condition to inform my work this year, exploring the consequences of using science to alter our bodies’ abilities. Old people's urine becomes an exportable whisky of high economic value and our children are fed on a diet previously reserved for elite athletes.

My design practice utilises both products and services as mechanisms to discuss issues of socioeconomic and cultural importance. Through this process of immersion and debate I aim to evoke considered implementation of technology in tomorrow’s technosocial society.


Gilpin Family Whisky

Large amounts of sugar are excreted on a daily basis by type-two diabetic patients especially amongst the upper end of our aging population. Is it plausible to suggest that we start utilizing our water purification systems in order to harvest the biological resources that our elderly already process in abundance? Sugar heavy urine excreted by patients with diabetes is now being utilised for the fermentation of high-end single malt whisky for export.


Project Credits
Director of Photography: Laurentia Genske
Production Assistant & Sound: Ludwig Zeller



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