Cy­borgs In­va­sion

The fu­ture of the hu­man species is ex­plored in a bold new ex­hi­bi­tion at ArtS­cience Museum

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ArtS­cience Museum’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion HU­MAN+: The Fu­ture of Our Species opens 20 May 2017 and dives deep into the topic of a fu­ture world. There are sci­en­tific break­throughs ev­ery­day and ad­vances in ge­netic engi­neer­ing, biotech­nol­ogy and nan­otech­nol­ogy are no longer science fic­tion. Cy­borgs, su­per­hu­mans and even clones are alive and liv­ing amongst us to­day. What does it mean to be hu­man?

The ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case works from 40 in­ter­na­tional artists, sci­en­tist, tech­nol­o­gists and de­sign­ers to show the pos­si­bil­ity paths of our species. Some ex­am­ples in­clude the world’s first liv­ing cy­borg and sculp­tures grown from liv­ing tis­sues.

“When the hu­man genome was sen­sa­tion­ally re­vealed in 2001, hu­man­ity had for the first time a ge­netic por­trait of our­selves. From this mo­ment on­wards pos­si­bil­i­ties imag­ined by writ­ers, film­mak­ers and artists be­came plau­si­ble re­al­ity. Much like com­put­ers, genes, it seems, can be pro­grammed. Life can be de­signed. HU­MAN+ re­veals that in this new age, sci­en­tists are mak­ing tech­no­log­i­cal cre­ations that can mimic, im­per­son­ate and sim­u­late hu­man life. At the same time, artists are mak­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries their new stu­dios, fash­ion­ing art­works from the very fab­ric of life. Our un­der­stand­ing of what is 'nat­u­ral' and what is 'syn­thetic', and our en­tire no­tion of what it means to be hu­man, is shift­ing, evolv­ing and mu­tat­ing. HU­MAN+ takes us on a provoca­tive tour through this brave new world,” said Honor Harger, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of ArtS­cience Museum.

Span­ning four themed gal­leries, HU­MAN+ will present a wide range of art­work and re­search to trans­form our per­cep­tion of hu­mans through the up­grades and changes in science and tech­nol­ogy.

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