TransHuman – A Look into the Near Future
In the brave new world where technologies are evolving at an alarming rate, humanity suddenly finds itself in a science fiction reality. Nano technology and artificial intelligence are changing our human role in many aspects into predictable algorithms. Social media, profiling, digital currencies, surveillance and cyber-war technologies are changing our social landscapes. Meanwhile the integration of nano-chips and AI with robotics are putting us in a situation of literally plugging into a Matrix.At this rate of development, virtual and augmented reality, can be taking over human connection and communications in the non physical domains. We will be implanting digitally 3d-printed hearts and kidneys, and limb replacements, becoming hybridized nano-tech beings transforming our physical aspects . It is clear that the human race will be diverging significantly in the years to come. As we become more robotic, will our hearts and emotions be compromised? Losing personal freedom through government mass surveillance will we become slaves to the matrix system evolving?
One day soon, AI will be comparable or exceed the human brain. What does it mean to be human? We are loosing natural habitats at an alarming rate. Can we log out of superficial social media applications and censored news stations to see the crumbling world around us?
The TransHuman Exhibition explores all these ideas about the human conditions of the future. How much integration until one becomes a non sentient being?
Abdala Kaufmann who curated this show, explains: “I grew up watching Sci-fi films thanks to my father. The first toy he bought was an advanced robotic set which opened up my mind to technology and fiction story telling. Seeing many ideas from theses Sci-fi movies materialize in my short adulthood is astounding. I can only imagine what the next few years could bring.”
In her Painting, “Love 2045“, she is making reference to Avatar Initiative 2045. Which is a theoretical timeline for the development of a robotic human controlled via remote. The next level Avatar, will be implanted by the human brain before one dies. The final Avatar, becomes an entirely holographic being. Her painting is directly referencing “Avatar A” a robotic human reproduction, which falls in the 2015-2020 timeline. With a passionate pose, her artificial mind enacts the thoughts of love and bliss as she tries to experience a feeling. Her nano-tech butterfly mentor, brings her a human heart, so that maybe, she could feel.
In Olivier Dumoulin’s KG 76, we are presented with a cyborg that would be considered old junk technology in the future, maybe even an AI program that assembled itself from a pile of junk wires and an outdated tablet, after a Skynet style apocalypse. Walking along cheeringly with split screens of barren industrial landscapes. The cyborg’s tablet head at least has a great audio system.
In the series by Ernest Reategui, his characters exist in a 3d contemporary cubist environment. The smooth and rendered pieces, lend way to shy and fragile beings peering out of geometric shapes with emotion filled nuances and stares. Emerging from these geometric bundles blended into the environment, a glimpse of sad contemplation contrasts the cold hard edges that overwhelm the composition.
The full Transhuman show can be viewed here. The exhibitions runs until October 27 of 2016 at Gallery Abyss.