“Post Human”

FAE Musée d'Art Contemporain

The premise of this traveling exhibition is an apocalyptic vision of a not-so-distant “post human” future when the planet will be populated by artificially perfected beings, genetically altered and surgically reconstructed. In this asocial world, one’s identity is not formed through a process of socialization but by computer-generated “mind exercises.” The catalogue essay, written by Jeffrey Deitch, who also organized the exhibition, portentously states: “Our children’s generation could very will [sic] be the last generation of ’pure’ humans.” While the effects of bio-technology and genetic engineering are certainly very real concerns—at least for the few highly industrialized countries that have access to such technology—the problems that these advances present are considerably more complex than one would gather from this exhibition. Walking through the installation, one feels

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