Deus Ex Machina speculates on a potential outcome stemming from the intersection between biological and human-made systems, addressing the conflict between autonomy and obedience. Biologically, humans are coded for predisposed conditions, diseases, aging, and ultimately death, yet we have created systems of living which require optimal functionality to fulfill expectations, be of value, and to be accepted. The project called for the definition of an “unhealthy subject”. They are defined as someone who finds themselves seeking control over their bodies as it begins to disobey the needs of the social contract by following their coded biology. Afflicted by the subtraction of disobedience, the unhealthy subject is bound to a body which is designed to fail in the eyes of capitalistic society. The unhealthy subject seeks autonomy and freewill from their biological systems in order become productive and valued again, only to unknowingly find themselves succumbing to other systems at play.

Approaching the project through the lens of biological control, it is broken down into components which work to create life, prolong life, and end life. The unhealthy subject may choose to take control over their bodies once again, creating life if they are unable to, prolonging life by replacing or supplementing parts of themselves, and they may choose to end their life by controlling the inevitable outcome. As an embodiment of the crossroads of biology and governing systems of control, this project questions the value of an individual’s life in relation to themselves, and the collective. What role does freewill and autonomy play in seeking liberation from biological systems and what might that carry into our governing systems? What does self-governance and freewill of the individual look like at the intersection between the two?


Rhino, Grasshopper, Blender, Ai, Ps, Pr

Joshua Taron


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