Introduction to Posthuman Aesthetics (work in progress)
(Performative/participative/educative/interactive) installation. 2016
n number of participants, custom design toolkits

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Concept

The discourse on symbiosis of humanity and technology reaches from the 
middle of the 20th century, when the idea of the digital computer was 
first introduced (Turing, 1936), and continues with the emergence of new 
disciplines, such as artificial intelligence, artificial life, and 
bioinformatics. The integral operation of organic mater and electronic 
components has become one of the challenges of medicine and social 
theory that marks the posthuman era (Hayles 1999, Malabou 2004, 
Braidotti 2013). The fact that technologies - or to be more precise, 
interaction between carbon-based organic components and silicon-based 
electronic components - will influence our behavior even more in the 
future calls for the examination of new aesthetic values and challenges.

The proposed (participatory/performative/educative/interactive) 
installation aims in defining this present-future aesthetics. For 
critical evaluation and discourse proposed are four toolkits for 
collaborative workshops: "My collaboration with bacteria for paper 
production," "Mycorrhizal networks or how do I hack plant 
conversations," "Ultra low voltage survival kit," and "How do I prepare 
myself for being cloned." Whether framing the discussion of political, 
economical, or cultural issues, my installation will question the 
creativity of machines and will not presume humans to be the only 
creative force at work. While quoting and questioning the evolving 
technology, living organism, contemporary media theory and art practices 
the installation unleashes further questions, ranging from abstract, 
philosophical examinations of creativity to global concerns about what 
forces dictate the organization of humanity and determine our future as 
a society.