Surrogate: Info


This work began with a desire to serve as a surrogate for a parent while giving them complete control over my body via an app providing access to my bio data and an interface to direct me.

As Roe v. Wade is overturned and gene editing opens entirely new reproductive futures, this project asks: How much control should we have over a birthing person’s body, and over a life before it begins? What does kin mean when rapidly developing reproductive technologies—including in vitro fertilization, egg and sperm donation, embryo freezing, DNA testing, and gene editing—shift our relationships? What happens when our industrialized drive for control collides with the natural process of birth?

creative capital logo
sundance institute logo
sundance offical selection
idfa official doclab selection
idfa doclab competition for digital storytelling










Live Performance




Credits
Cinematography, Gabriel Noguez
Intended Parents Film, Director, David Leonard
Surrogate App, Design, Stefanie Tam
Prosthetics, Design and Fabrication, Paul Esposito
Placenta, Design and Fabrication, Eunice Choi

This project is in progress, consisting of a series films, sculptures, installations, publications, and a live performance. Limited documentation is included below. I am currently seeking partnerships to premiere, exhibit, and continue to develop works in this series. If you would like more information, please contact studio.laurenleemccarthy@gmail.com.