Hiromi Ozaki

Sushiborg Yukari: a sushi - serving cyborg who modifies her body into a lethal weapon to escape her restaurant.

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As her pop musician alter ego "Sputniko!" Hiromi Ozaki showcases three manga - inspired characters who design objects to fulfil their own particular complex needs — Crowbot Jenny, a reclusive girl who builds a crow-shaped robot to communicate with crows, Sushiborg Yukari, a sexualised sushi-serving cyborg who modifies her body to become a lethal weapon to escape the Sushi restaurant, and Menstruation Machine (Takashi’s Take), a boy desiring to become more 'feminine' who builds a suit in an attempt to experience the painful bleeding of menstruation.

Each character, object and narrative has been produced in collaboration with researchers from Cambridge University, Imperial College and Queen Mary's University, working in diverse fields such as Zoology, Medicine and Reproductive Science. As digital and biotechnologies become widely accessible to the mass public, what ‘mini-revolutions’ might we conduct on our own bodies and environments? These characters are just a glimpse of the techno-rebels you could become in ten years, one year, or… tomorrow.

Sushiborg Yukari

In the tradition of Nyotai Mori, an age old Japanese practice of serving Sushi on naked women, Sushiborg Yukari is a cyborg designed to serve Sushi on her rotating belt, entertaining over-worked Japanese businessmen in their after-hours. When Yukari’s programmed intelligence develops enough to understand her functionality as a sex object, she struggles to accept her role - slowly, Yukari attaches knives to her own body, modifying herself into a lethal weapon, plotting to one day escape the Sushi restaurant she now feels captive with in.

Project Credits
Photography: Rai Royal
Fashion Design: Aephie Huimi
Set Design: Sam Frances
Make Up: Hiroe Tomikawa
Model Making: Ian Daniell, Simone Lang
Film Music: Brain Food, Watashi No Koko, Android Music
Restaurant Provider: Dotori, London
Project Sponsorship: Office Concrete