HUMAN + THE FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES

Advances in genetic engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology that not long ago seemed purely science fiction are now real. 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?

HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species explores the possible future paths of our species. It asks what it means to be human in a world of artificial intelligence, lifelike robots and genetic modification. It probes the social, ethical and environmental questions raised by using technology to modify ourselves. Will virtual reality be the new reality? What would happen if a robot knew what we wanted before we knew ourselves? How might we modify ourselves to adapt to an environment that we are drastically transforming? Is longevity a noble aspiration or a terrible threat for the planet? 

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.

HUMAN+ CLOSING PROMOTION

FabCafe’s Automated Bartender

Come interact with FabCafe’s automated bartender! This machine has been serving in many events such as Ultra Music Festival. Catch it in action as you create your own beverage, even the most complex ones, with the touch of your finger all within 15 seconds. 

Be the first 100 people to purchase an All-Access exhibition ticket on each day, 14th and 15th Oct, and receive a complimentary drink* at the automated bartender. 

*Tickets must be purchased at ArtScience Museum box office. Based on first-come-first-served. Other Terms and Conditions apply.

 
Advisory: Some Mature Content

Download the complete list of artworks here.
 
 

PROGRAMMES
 

 

Public Guided Tour

Sun 1 & 8 Oct | 11.30am – 12:30pm
Family Fridays 13 Oct | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Mandarin Guided Tours

Sun 1, 8, 15 Oct | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Exhibition Entrance, Basement 2

How will we enhance ourselves to become better as a species? Will it be socially and ethically acceptable if boundaries of the body are overstepped through technological extensions? Will androids or robots as future human companions affect the way we live? Through the themes of augmented capacities, new survival strategies and non-human encounters presented in the exhibition, explore what the future holds for us.


Complimentary to ticket-holders of HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species.

Up to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration stickers will be given out five minutes before tour begins at exhibition entrance.

In-gallery Insights Talk with Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr (CONCLUDED)

Thu, 15 Jun | 7:30pm

Join us for a special in-gallery talk with artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr on 15 June, 7:30pm. They will discuss the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression through their Tissue Culture & Art Project, with a particular focus on their work Semi-Living Worry Dolls.

Inspired by the Guatemalan worry dolls given to children to whisper their worries and concerns to, the Semi-Living Worry Dolls were the first tissue engineered sculptures to be presented alive in a gallery in 2000, and are now shown in HUMAN+. These evocative objects are a tangible example that brings into question deep rooted perceptions of life and identity, concept of self, and the position of the human in regard to other living beings and the environment.

Click here for the author’s biography.

* Complimentary to ticket-holders of HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species.


 

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

 
HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species is a co-production between Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, in collaboration with ArtScience Museum. Curator: Cathrine Kramer.