In her film Citizen Bio, the political documentary filmmaker Trish Dolman dives into the underground world of radical medicine. Her protagonists are biohackers who provide a window into the fringe world of unofficial experiments to extend human life and detail their experiences with controversial entrepreneur Aaron Traywick before his mysterious death.
What drives bio-punks in their dangerous experiments after all?
Improving human capabilities, modifying your appearance, extending life — all these goals sound like they are from the comic book world. However, for instance, back at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, biohackers across the world set out to develop and test vaccines that could save lives – and, unlike big pharma companies, they did it with little resources practically in their own kitchens. So why even in attempts to meet such urgent challenges, radical medicine still remains on the fringes? Can we trust biohackers’ developments? What is the limit to their readiness to experiment? Where is the fundamental boundary between official and underground medicine? And finally, how can biohacking change our future?