The Carboniferous Room Portable forms a part of the Extreme Environment Love Hotel. Here couples can share intimate moments in the environmental and atmospheric conditions of unreachable places. In the Carboniferous Room Portable, couples are thrust back three hundred million years to a period in Earth’s history of high oxygen and bearable carbon dioxide levels. The device also releases smells and aromas of that period into the shared bubble that couple inhabit.
During the Carboniferous period, ancestors of the dragonfly Meganeura grew up to seventy-five centimetres due to the huge concentration of oxygen in the air, a tremendous boon to the insect, but high levels of oxygen would be toxic to our fragile bodies.
How do the effects of this new environment alter our definitions of love and intimacy and the way couples relate emotionally in such a situation? And what might it mean for our evolution to entertain ourselves and potentially conceive new life in these extreme conditions?
The Extreme Environments Love Hotel is run by a research group who are studying human evolution in extreme environments. Government-funded research in space exploration for the purposes of human colonisation has dried up so the research group need to find a new funding source as well as testbeds for their work. Extreme Environment Love Hotel users are able to choose a discount service which entails cooperation with the researchers as case studies.
Recent figures speculate that around 10% of children are now conceived by In Vitro Fertilisation. The world around us and our reproductive technologies have given rise to new ideas of what sex is or could be and where it stands between our biologically-programmed needs and inclinations and our human fetishes and desires. Perhaps the Extreme Environments Love Hotel might give rise to new evolutions and mutations of the human body and sex and give it a brand-new role away from any of these historical precedents. The Love Hotel is a utopia to serve the people’s dreams and fantasies.