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First satisfied customer from The mutant genome project, 1994-

type C photograph
79.6 × 80.0 cm (image) 90.2 × 117.0 cm (sheet)
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Michaels Camera and Video on the occasion of the inaugural Still Photography? conference, 1995
© Courtesy of the artist
Gallery location
Not on display
'First satisfied customer' is part of Piccinini's so-called series 'The Mutant Genome Project' in which she explores issues raised by genetic engineering. Using new digital imaging technologies that allow a seamless manipulation of reality, Piccinini creates a witty and disturbing new 'reality' in which people can order purpose built babies. According to the fictitious flyer that accompanies the image:"... highly trained technicians [can] work with you to design, conceive and incubate the child you desire with all the features it needs.. [including] a variety of useful chemicals for enhanced living".