The Modular Body
Curator: Tom Van Vliet | Session: The Universe of Floris Kaayk
The Modular Body is an online science fiction story about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. The protagonist is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile biologist for whom the path well-travelled is the most uninteresting one by definition.
Together with a few like-minded people he therefore starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials. The primitive, vulnerable organism that finally results from Vlasman’s endeavours is OSCAR. The prototype, in the size of a human hand, consist of clickable organ modules. OSCAR is kept alive with blood taken from Vlasman and is continually vaccinated against infections, as it has no immune system. The story refers to various similar narratives in world literature and film history, notably Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.