Delayed Youth is set in the year 2050, Taiwan. In this futuristic world, conservative groups have successfully taken hold of political resources through referendums and by taking an aggressive stand in political participation, and are instigating the Ministry of Health and Welfare to change policies on gender and sexuality. By collaborating with the Endocrinology Department and pediatricians, these groups use medication for sexual precocity to control sexual maturity among adolescents. The government works alongside local hospitals to distribute medicine on a regular basis so that parents can give the medication to children who have not yet reached puberty.
By applying medical technology, the government is able to postpone the puberty of all adolescents in the nation. Children only reach sexual maturity at the age of eighteen; in other words, this treatment allows the stages of sexual maturity to synchronize with the lawful age of sexual intercourse. This means that no adolescent will have secondary sexual characteristics before reaching high school, reducing sexual desire brought forth by hormones during the student years, therefore lowering the likelihood of sex-related problems. This project presents a series of dystopian scenarios to construct a fabricated world of extremes, inspiring the masses to contemplate on the individuality of adolescents and the issue of sex.
顧廣毅，生於台灣台北；目前居住於荷蘭與台灣從事創作工作。現為創作團體㗊機體、TW BioArt台灣生物藝術社群共同創辦人，碩士畢業於荷蘭恩荷芬設計學院（Design Academy Eindhoven）社會設計研究所（MA, Social Design）、國立陽明大學臨床牙醫學研究所、實踐大學媒體傳達設計研究所，大學畢業於高雄醫學大學牙醫學系；具有牙醫師、生物藝術家以及社會設計師等多重身分。他試圖拓展藝術、設計與科學結合的可能性，作品主要專注於臨床醫學、人類身體、人與其他物種的關係以及性別議題，嘗試藉由藝術實踐與設計方法去探索科學領域中的倫理問題，並藉此思考科技、人類個體和環境之間的關係。
Kuang-Yi Ku was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, recently based in the Netherlands. He has graduated with triple master degrees with social design from Design Academy Eindhoven, dentistry from National Yang-Ming University and communication design from Shih Chien University. He is a former dentist, bio-artist and social designer. He also co-founded TW BioArt (Taiwan bioart community) to stimulate the fields of BioArt and Science+Art in Taiwan. His works often deal with human body, sexuality, interspecies interaction and medical technology, aiming to investigate the relationships among technology, individual and environment.
Kuang-Yi Ku’s “Tiger Penis Project” has been awarded Gijs Bakker Award 2018, the annual prize for the best project by a graduating master’s student in Design Academy Eindhoven. He has also won the 1st prize of Taipei Digital Art Awards in 2015 with “The Fellatio Modification Project”, where he involves body modification, gender studies, queer theories, and dentistry all together. His works were featured in international medias such as New Scientist, The Huffington Post, Elephant Magazine, DAMN° Magazine, Dezeen, Designboom, VICE, Dazed Digital, Daily Mail, New York Post and so on.
Consultancy of medicine: Dr. Tzu-Hung Chu
Consultancy of Concept: Kuan-Ting Wang
Medical device design: Hsin Min Chan
Visual and website design: Tzu-Yen Chen
Video director, filming and editing: Jian Da Huang
Filming assistant: Yu Chun Lo
Lighting: Yu-Hui Chang
Make-up: Ping Hsuan Lu
Hair stylist: Fran Lin
Models: Yun Ting Chou, Yen-Kai Wang, Hsiang-Yun Huang, Lei Chi Lin and her son
Uniform design and stylist: firstname.lastname@example.org