³Who do you want to have your baby?² This is the question that Caroline Koebel asks, seemingly at random. Each subject is videotaped; each participant becomes a mom and gives birth to a hypothetical baby, together with the father of their choice. These babies are to become not only biological, but ideological; in essence, they are Œfuture dogma¹ babies. Through the birth, the subject becomes a scripter, describing the future that will become. The scripter creates new scripture, assembled by the Caroline Koebel Art Project. It is essential to have the subjects give both a biological mate and an idea, since the idea will describe the baby¹s characteristics or persona. The ideas are non-representative objects; for instance, Œpeace.¹ A Œpeace baby¹ might make the world a better place. Through the hypothetical babies, Koebel is searching for answer for the future. By connection the visions of the scripters in a new scripture, Koebel seeks a stronger glimpse of what is to come.

 

       Unfortunately, Koebel¹s project is flawed ­ she only questions people in her own comfortable milieu. In order to make her future a true vision, we would have to change her hypothetical ideas into laws. This would force Koebel to obtain the consent of all sorts of people - neo-Nazis, pagans, and yes, even Republicans. Without these, Koebel only creates a parallel, paradoxical world, comfortable for her and her wishes but forever only a wish. Of course, even in her limited circle, she has received answers that challenge her. What does ³I want bin Laden as my baby² tell us about our future? How can all our wishes be accommodated when our wishes clearly conflict? Is it truly possible to see the future with this question, and is it possible to change it? And in fifty years, shall we want to change it back?