LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2015

Human Hyena

Human Hyena by Paul Gong from uk

designer's own words:

In this project, I imagine transhumanists, DIYBIO enthusiasts and makers coming together to form a group known as “Human Hyenas”, who want to tackle the increasingly serious problem of food wastage.

Inspired by the hyena species, they use synthetic biology to create new bacterias, and make use of three new tools to modify their digestive system to be like that of the hyena – with its different sense of smell and taste. The "Human Hyenas” are able to consume and digest rotten food like the scavenger hyena.

The “Human Hyena” raises the question of whether humans can modify their body using synthetic biology in order to solve bigger issues.


Delicate roten food
Human Hyena
Human hyena
Human Hyena
Why would one want to be a “Human Hyena”
Human Hyena
Hyena inhaler
Human Hyena
Smell transformer
Human Hyena
Taste transformer

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