Transhumanism art. What are visionary artists on transhumanism? 3 examples: Agi Haines, Orlan & Cirque Du Soleil. Paintings, photo’s, performances & more!
Most of the transhumanism technologies are about improving skills that we already possess as human beings. That’s not surprising, because that is our starting point. But perhaps in the future, humans will use some of these technologies for very different purposes.
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Art is a method for thinking about the impact and effects of transhumanism. I myself have come to appreciate the role of artists and speculative designers in recent years.
A few examples are:
- Agi Haines
- Martin Sallières
- Liviu Babitz
- Moon Ribas
- Cirque du Soleil
If you have other examples, please leave a comment down below!
The English designer Agi Haines made a number of works with babies who are adapted to warmer temperatures on earth or who have an opening in their skull to connect a cable to the brain. The picture at the top of this article is one of her works.
At the Brave New World Conference 2018 I had an interview with Agi.
The French artist Orlan has been working since 1990 on the transformation of herself [link at the bottom]. In a series of operations, a plastic surgeon slowly changes her face. She does this on the basis of five mythical female characters from art history: Mona Lisa, Diana, Psyche, Europe and Venus.
Watch an interview by The Guardian:
Martin Sallières created a futuristic design to improve the lung capacity of marathon runners. He invented an outfit with extra air sacs that are connected to the lungs [link at the bottom]. In an interview about this, he remarked: ‘I’ve copied this from birds.’
Liviu Babitz is the CEO of Cyborgs Nest. One of the projects this company is working on, is the creation of a breast implant with a compass in it. Each time the compass is facing north, the implant gives off a small vibration. During the Biohacker Summit 2017, I talked to Liviu about this.
Moon Ribas is a cyborg artist. She has a sensor that is connected to seismographs via a Bluetooth connection and her smartphone. If there’s an earthquake anywhere in the world, she feels it [link at the bottom]. Like Lucy and Liviu, I also interviewed her, together with her partner Neil Harbisson (I wrote about him in the article on bioelectronics).
Cirque du Soleil
The artists of Cirque du Soleil explore the possibilities of human enhancement to use in their shows [link at the bottom]. For example, one of the designers talks about “adding a mechanical tail to change the center of gravity.”
Watch a short item by Engadget:
In short, the possibilities of human enhancement are used or explored in all kinds of cultural and artistic expressions. The pursuit of human improvement is something that has fascinated us as humanity for centuries.
Since the start of our existence as Homo Sapiens, they have been stories, myths and legends about people with Divine or superhuman capacities. We have never lost that pursuit of improvement, only the form in which we now tell is different.
Now we use computer games such as Deus Ex, books such as Frankenstein, science fiction films such as Ghost in the Shell or art like mentioned in this artice.
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Earlier I wrote the following articles on this theme:
- What is transhumanism?
- What is transhumanism technology?
- What are transhumanism books?
- What are transhumanism movies?
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What are artist or art about transhumanism that you like? Leave a comment!