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Barcelona | HUMAN+ at CCCB – What does it mean to be human?

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - September 19, 2015


The exhibition “HUMAN +  the future of our species”, on view at the CCCB Barcelona from 6 October, 2015, is a collective reply to a difficult question: <<what does it mean to be human, today?>>

cover image: Yves Gellie, Human Version.

The exhibition explores the future of mankind with the lens of technology, looking for the physical, ethical and social boundaries that define what we call “human”.  From Assisted Reproductive Technologies to bio-engineering,  HUMAN+  features visions by artists, designers and scientists – some likely upcoming, some already part of our life, some others imaginary – allowing the visitor to envision his own “favorite” future.


above: Howard Schatz. Portraits of Aimee Mullins, 2007. © Howard Schatz Beverly Ornstein.

Many fascinating questions are puzzling us: we should improve ourselves now or try to modify our or our progeny? Are we going quickly toward the hybridization of man and machine? Wearable devices and technological extensions of the body devalue or enrich our life experience? To increase human longevity as much as possible is a noble aspiration of a frightful eventuality for our planet?



above: Lorenz Potthast, Decelerator Helmet.
below: To Be Another Lab, The Machine to be Another

Premiered in 2011 at Science Gallery Dublin, the exhibition HUMAN+ , in Barcelona is a co-production of Science Gallery and CCCB, featuring additional exhibits and events.



above: Dunne & Raby, Designs for an overpopulated planet: Foragers
below: Addie Wagenknecht, Optimization of Parenthood.

Some of the artistic projects included in the exhibition are: Portraits of Aimée Mullins (Howard Schatz), Oblique. Images from Stelarc’s Extra Ear Surgery (Nina Sellars), Strategies for Copy Prevention (Center for PostNatural History), The Human Pollination Project (Laura Allcorn), Tardigotchi (S.W.A.M.P., Tiago Rorke), Foragers (Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby), Area V5 (Louis Philippe Demers), Human Version (Yves Gellie), Euthanasia Coaster (Julijonas Urbonas); Optimization of Parenthood (Addie Wagenknecht), Semi-Living Worry Dolls (Tissue Culture and Art Project- Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr), Transfigurations (Agatha Haines), AfterLife (Auger / Loizeau); Misbehaving Machines (Heidi Kumao), The Machine to Be Another (BeAnotherLab) and Cyborgism (Cyborg Foundation).

HUMAN+  The future of our species
[temporary exhibition]
6 October, 2015 / 10 April, 2016
CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona


above: The Alternative Limb Project , Anatomical leg. © Omkaar Kotedia.

Images: courtesy of CCCB

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