Billie Rehwald

Billie Rehwald

Billie Rehwald talks about her project Ectogenesis, which is looking at using design as a tool to consider this possible reality.

Billie Rehwald is a designer, tinkerer and maker based in Vienna.

“I like exploring hu­man-made gender disparities and biological differences of the sexes, using design as a tool to overcome both artificial and biological borders. Describing myself as a curious tinkerer with a strong interest in human behavior and a passion for hands on experiments, I belief that reality should be measured against our ideals and I am seeking to use design to do so.”

Project: Ectogenesis 

It’s a concept that’s bound to generate debate – both morally and scientifically. Sparked by the question of traditional childbearing and birth being somewhat outdated and thinking about a more equal way of procreating, Billie Rehwald’s Ava project was born.

Ectogenesis is the evolution of the human form from conception to birth, all outside of the womb.

Billie reckons that design is the perfect tool to consider this as a reality. In an effort to mimic the natural process, her Ava installation includes the amniotic fluid cycle, vital systems that recreate the mother’s blood flow, and the sphere that houses the baby.

While the project may inspire questions across the spectrum, the designer says her project doesn’t aim to answer any questions, but rather to illustrate a potential reality and spark a debate on the future of procreation.

Credits: Design Indaba