These series of works concluded my research into genetics from my previous project 'Keep It In the Family', and the start of transhumanist philosophy for my dissertation - 'Genetics in Contemporary Art'. The artwork explores the role of genetics in the 21st century, concerns surrounding GM foods, cloning, and human enhancement. Gaining increasing media attention recently are topics such as Pharming; engineering the DNA of domestic animals and crops to yield produce that contains medicinal properties - and capitalisation of animal genomes; Companies buying and patenting the genetic material of species previously unknown to science.
The sculpture takes influence from the Greek story of Prometheus - the titan who stole fire from Zeus and bestowed it to humanity. The positioning of the human frame mimics Zues' punishment of Prometheus for this crime - to be bound to a rock and to repeatedly have his liver pulled out by a great Eagle, only for it to constantly regenerate. This replenishing of organic matter is mimicked by the symbiotic race living on the dishevelled forms of their human masters, keeping them alive enough simply to utilise them for their bio-energy. Fire was a power reserved for Gods, so then also is the ability to create life. The final fate of the Neo-Humans was the same as Prometheus, to have their organs cannibalised, but kept alive, over and over again by the Nano-bots.
‘Over the coming decades humans continued to evolve technologically, implanting machinery and cybernetics into their biological forms. The species, Homo Sapien, became lost under the definition of their own culture. To cope with their constant upgrading and maintenance, the Neo-Humans engineered another life, created to work in symbiosis with their bodies, delivering fluid packets to targeted organs and rewiring neuro-pathways. The race of Nano-bots lived and worked inside their master’s bodies, making their lives easier and more comfortable. However a time came when the Nano-bots understood their importance and logically concluded their master’s demise benefited them far greater than their survival. A slow and subtle process of internal fossilisation occurred. The Neo-Humans died out, and a new era began under the rule of the Nano-bots, atop the petrified remains of their masters.’
Exhibited at the Arts University College Bournemouth, North Light Studios - 'Caged'
21st June -29th June 2012
and the Old Truman Brewery, London (Free Range) - 'Feral'
6th July - 9th July 2012
'Situs Inversus' - acrylic figures, compost, cow ear, expanding foam, fishing wire, indian moss, metal, plaster, PVA glue, PVC tubing, resin, spray paint, wood.
'Untitled' - acrylic figures, compost, expanding foam, indian moss, metal, PVA glue, spray paint.
'Protos Heuretes' - acrylic figures, bulb, compost, expanding foam, indian moss, metal, PVA glue, spray paint, wood.