What enhancements will we choose to become better humans? What happens when we live side by side with our robotic companions? How can we author our genetic futures?
This major international exhibition, a co-production with CCCB, draws together a range of installations ranging from a euthanasia roller coaster that will enable your suicide to be euphoric and happy, to how babies can be modified to improve their development. From conception to death our human lives are shaped and directed by our tools and technologies. Where will these things push what it means to be human in five, ten, or one hundred years? HUMAN+ paints a somewhat ambiguous picture of the future of our species. What enhancements will we choose to become better humans? What happens when we live side by side with our robotic companions? How can we author our genetic futures? Find out at HUMAN+: THE FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES.
Cyborgs, superhumans and clones are alive amongst us today. What does it mean to be human now? What will it feel like to be a human a hundred years from now? Should we continue to embrace modifications to our minds, bodies and daily lives, or are there boundaries we shouldn’t overstep? Showcasing works by international artists, scientists, technologists and designers, HUMAN+ presents a future world where the lines between fiction and reality are blurred and shows how our perception of humanity is being transformed by science and technology.
— Artificial intelligence
Structurally HUMAN+ is divided broadly into four themed areas. Each theme looks into and presents a different angle on the future of our species: authoring evolution, augmented abilities, extended ecologies, and non-human encounters.
360° TOUR AND MICROSITE
Scroll around the 360° tour of HUMAN+ below, shot when it was exhibited at CCCB in Barcelona, Spain.
The Science Gallery Dublin HUMAN+ microsite has information from the Dublin showing, while CCCB's website has further information about the show's run in Barcelona, and the ArtScience Museum website has information about the show's run in Singapore.
CURATED BY AN EXPERT MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM
A curatorial team consisting of artists, neuroscientists and researchers selected 27 projects from the open call submissions which best fit with the overall vision of HUMAN+ and the key concepts we wished to explore. The curators and advisors included:
— Cathrine Kramer, artist, curator and co-founder of the Center for Genomic Gastronomy, and CoClimate
— Richard Reilly, Professor of Neural Engineering and Ageing, Trinity College Dublin
— Aoife McLysaght, Professor of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
— Rachel Armstong, medical doctor, Co-director of Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research in Architecture and Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture and Construction at University of Greenwich, London, and 2010 Senior TED Fellow
— Ross McManus, Head of Genomic Research Laboratory, Trinity College Dublin
— Juliana Adelman, Humanities researcher, Trinity College Dublin
— Charles Spillane, Head of Genetics and Biotechnology, National University of Ireland Galway
— Ricard Solé, Head of Complex Systems Laboratory, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
— Footprint: ~850-1000 sqm.
— Ceiling height: Minimum 3m.
— Environment: 65-68°f / 18-20°c
— Dwell time: Approximately 1 hour
— Power needs: c.30 amps
— Set up time: ~14 days
— Take down time: ~9 days
— Delivery / pick up time: ~2 hours
— Science Gallery team supplied: 3 x techs, 2 x art handlers/assistants
— Venue needs for set up/take down: 2 x techs/riggers, 2 x assistants, access to wood and/or metal shop
— Equipment: Fork lift, pallet jacks, wheel boards
— Gallery: Lighting and rig
WHAT HAVE VISITORS SAID ABOUT HUMAN+?
— Scott Smith (@changeist) January 12, 2016
— Giovanni Frazzetto (@GioFrazzetto) November 27, 2015
— ArtScience Museum (@ArtSciMuseum) May 24, 2017