The authors of reProductive Narratives Maja Smrekar and Gjino Šutić have recreated the published protocol of the first successful differentiation of endometrial mesenchymal stem cells (EnSCs) from menstrual blood into oocyte-like (egg-like) cells in order to develop and retell the narrative of a less invasive and intrusive alternative to IVF. Their aim with this process is to bring such technology closer to citizens, to raise their consciousness and to boost scientific literacy. During the six weeks residency they also optimized and modified the protocol by using synthetic reagents, supplemented with gonadotropin, extracted from Smrekar’s menopausal urine for reprogramming her cells.
The recent events all over the world show us that the female body has been again used as a means of production in these times of populism in which the significance of the nation increases, placing great value on birth rate. Through such social regression the female body has often been again seen as property of the state, law and ideology. The authors therefore dedicate this project to all the Others out there and through their deeply dedicated hands on biohacking research & practice-based process warmly welcome further formations of strategic alliances to employ our hormones and bodily fluids as agents for utilizing pharmacological and technological tools as non-invasive (bio)technologies.
A further objective of the reProductive narratives project is to compose and execute science and art DIY workshop format that generates the subject of (post)reproductive body to be more approachable to public knowledge. Through such open-ended format the authors will engage and interact with citizens through dialogue, exchange of knowledge, as well as through co-development of open questions and their answers.