Scientific discoveries sometimes lead to technological capabilities we are unprepared to use. Our ability to clone living organisms is one of those technological breakthroughs that awakened us to a possible future of cloned humans. This possibility was almost immediately prohibited by all major nations and scientific entities with the understanding that such an act would be, at the very least, unpredictable (unsafe and immoral) and lead to incomprehensible ethical dilemmas. Nevertheless, not every nation state is agreement with these prohibitions and some scientists have contemplated (if not conducted) the cloning of a human.
The following art works contemplate some of the many complications that human cloning raises. A playful statement about anomalies in science, Cloning Errors and how I tried to get rid of LUCKY (2001) and Getting LUCKY (2002), address the ever present “problem” of the anomaly — the irrepressible and inevitable “error” that confounds scientific practice. This “error” (attributable to genetic instability and mutation) is, in part, what makes human cloning unsafe and immoral. In Twenty Minutes (2003) and Can’t Leave It Alone, again (2004 & 2009) address the unintended consequences of human cloning. What could go wrong?