Featuring: Natasha Vita-More: Body by design – An iteration for life ; Catherine Kerr: Mindfulness Starts With the Body – A View from the Brain ; Max More – Transhumanism and the Singularity ; Kevin Warwick – Cyborg Interfaces ; Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it ; Aubrey de Grey: Seeking immortality
“In Sugababe, we have regrown Vincent van Gogh’s ear….from tissue engineered cartilage, containing natural genetic information about him as well as genetically engineered components.” In an intriguing combination of art and science, Diemut Strebe used cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, nephew in 4th generation from Vincent van Gogh, descending in a direct uninterrupted male line, and other DNA to construct a living replica of the ear. One can even speak to the ear through a microphone system.
Andrew Carnie’s artistic practice often involves a meaningful interaction with scientists in different fields as an early stage in the development of his work. There are also other works that are self-generated and develop from pertinent ideas outside science. The work is often time-based in nature, involving 35 mm slide projection using dissolve systems or video projection onto complex screen configurations. In a darkened space, layered images appear and disappear on suspended screens; the developing display absorbs the viewer into an expanded sense of space and time through the slowly unfolding narratives that evolve before them.
Many people associate transhumanism — the field of using science and technology to radically alter and improve the human being — with scientists, technologists and futurists. In this article, Zoltan Istvan discusses how transhumanist artists have recently been increasing in popularity and numbers. Whether it’s metal-welding sculptors, futurist-oriented video game developers or techno-musicians celebrating life extension, there is more of it being created every day, some of it in new forms of media.
Legendary Australian performance artist Stelarc is known for going to extremes, from aggressive voluntary surgeries and robotic third arms to flesh-hook suspensions and prosthetics. For more than four decades, he has used his body as a canvas for art on the very edge of human experience. In this exclusive interview for the Interalia Magazine, he talks about his life, his work, and his vision for the future.
Transhumanism has been around for nearly 30 years and was first heavily influenced by science fiction. Today, transhumanism is increasingly being influenced by actual science and technological innovation, much of it being created by people under the age of 40. It’s also become a very international movement, with many formal groups in dozens of countries.
Eduardo Kac’s work encompasses many genres. He is internationally recognized for his media poetry, telepresence, transgenic and bio artworks. A pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web 1980s, he emerged in the early ’90s with radical works combining telerobotics and living organisms. At the dawn of the twenty-first century Kac opened a new direction for contemporary art with his “transgenic art”–first with a groundbreaking transgenic work entitled Genesis (1999), which included an “artist’s gene” he invented, and then with his fluorescent rabbit called Alba (2000). His visionary integration of robotics, biology and networking explores the fluidity of subject positions in the post-digital world.
Featuring Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second; Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light; Harald Haas: Wireless data from every light; Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons bulb; Rogier van der Heide: Why light needs darkness
Light is fundamental. Its properties have been explored and used by both art and science (for example, Einstein’s ‘thought experiment’, James Turrell’s artworks, ‘Big Bang’ theory, laser technology, altering perception and changing brain behaviour).
What is YOUR VISION for the future exploration and use of light?
The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, en route for the International Space Station. Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, NASA’s Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy. There was also a small telescope, that will be used in an extraordinary project, Wigner’s friends, that will create a universal show consisting of all possible works of art at once.