Humans rely increasingly on machines and technology to live their daily lives – to communicate, to move, to eat, to explore, to cure themselves from illnesses and to enhance their bodies. Technology has become an extension of ourselves, and as the limit between man and machine shifts, we must ask ourselves: where will this limit be in the near and far future? What will the Man of tomorrow look like, and what ethical questions does this evolution raise? The nine artists showcased in TRANSMUTATION: The Future of Man tackle this issue from different angles.
Through his group of cloned and altered self-portraits, Yefeng Wang questions the possibility of human hybrids and of the definition of the Self in a mechanized future.
Jamie Levine creates modern-day chimeras, half human and half animal, playing with the ideas of scientific experiments and human identities.
Sara Sun ’s piece explores the journey of a dislocated and out of control astronaut unveiling the uncertainty and the paradoxical nature of truth in human experiences.
Suyeon Na’s portraits of delicate young girls juxtaposed with technological devices or images of booming cities confront us with the projection of desire for female bodies.
Also working on the notion of desire in a computer-processed world, the performance installation by American Laboratory presents us with two humans exchanging words of seduction but disconnected from the reality of human lust.
Stephanie Hafer and JJ Hill-Wood use online tools to translate English poetry into multiple languages, before converting the final “product” back into English, thus creating computerized poetry.
Jimmy Greenfield works on the notions of hybrid humanity, creating futuristic sculptures reminiscent of Huxley’s mass human production.
Anne Vieux’s video installation investigates the intersections between perception, psychedelia, and technology, where our brains and machines connect.
Finally, a striking piece by Sandra Cordero showcased in our window shows a life punctuated by the taking of pills to cure narcolepsy.