The use of new bio-technologies to bring back extinct species has been, and still is, a widely discussed topic. While science fiction has already over-worked this fantasy, it has become more than just fiction. Researchers are making more and more progress, especially in the first steps of de-extinction. However the steps after bringing back the extinct species are less explored, but equally important. Captive breeding and return to the wild are ideals of de-extinction but are there other possibilities which we have to consider, avoid or cherish?
“Dodo in the Room” explores what it means to bring an extinct species back through the lens of a companionship with an unextinct dodo. The aim of the project is to read the lines between utopias and dystopias and provoke a discussion about de-extinction by making the ongoing science tangible with a collection of design means. A fictional interview with the first Viennese Dodo owner, her companion dodo and other artifacts invite people into a world, where we co-live with unextinct species.
“Dodo in the Room” was created as Ege Kökel’s graduation project in 2019 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna's Design Investigations program.
Consultants and Scientific Advisors: (in alphabetical order)
Julia Bellmann - ARGE Papageinschutz
Hans-Martin Berg - NHM / Bird Collection
Anab Jain and DI Studio
Tom Maloney - Revive&Restore 
Ben Novak - Revive&Restore
Markus Schmidt - Biofaction
Constance Woodman
The journey which led to "Dodo in the Room" has become as interesting as the outcome of the project. It was lots of hands on experiments, many times of carrying a real size dodo model around the city, public confrontations, surveys to create a collective dodo appearance, hours long Skype calls with amazing experts, visiting local taxidermy studios, spending time with parrots and so much more... 
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