Fertility Cycle Object (2007)
"Bees have a phenomenal odor perception," explains designer Susana Soares in the exhibition catalog. "They can be trained within minutes using Pavlov's reflex to target a specific odor." When a woman breaths into the Fertility Cycle Object, bees are trained to fly to the large interior chamber if the woman is ovulating, the middle chamber during pre-ovulation, and the smallest chamber during post-ovulation. "This exhibition is about science—not only about technology—because I saw the possibility of almost bypassing technology for once and creating a short circuit between design and science," says Antonelli. The Fertility Cycle Object is made of hand-blown borosilicate glass.