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, ArtScience Museum’s new cutting-edge exhibition, 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? In the future, who will have ownership of our genetic information?
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.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
at Trinity College Dublin and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, in collaboration with ArtScience Museum™.
Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin
In 2008, a car park in a forgotten corner of Dublin was transformed by Trinity College Dublin into a living experiment called Science Gallery, with a mission ‘to ignite creativity where science and art collide’. In the last nine years, three million visitors to Science Gallery Dublin have experienced 40 unique exhibitions ranging from materials science to lifelogging, and from the future of the human race to the future of play. Primarily orientated towards young adults between the ages of 15-25 years old, Science Gallery develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, events and experiences fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. Science Gallery Dublin focuses on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise.
Science Gallery Dublin is an initiative of Trinity College Dublin and is kindly supported by its founding partner the Wellcome Trust, through government support from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Science Foundation Ireland, and by ‘Science Circle’ Partners – Deloitte, ESB, Google, ICON, and the NTR Foundation. For more information visit: dublin.sciencegallery.com
Science Gallery Dublin is part of the Science Gallery International Network pioneered by Trinity College Dublin
About the Science Gallery International Network
At the vanguard of the STEM to STEAM movement, Science Gallery is the world's first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. Through our galleries and touring exhibitions we have reached millions of 15-25 year olds worldwide. Our transdisciplinary programmes feature emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design and technology, presented in connective, participative, and surprising ways.
Science Gallery International is the non-profit organisation catalysing the growth of the network, which now has six members across four continents - Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin; Science Gallery London at King's College London; Science Gallery Melbourne at University of Melbourne; Science Gallery Bengaluru at the Indian Institute of Science; Science Gallery Venice at University of Venice Ca'Foscari, and Science Gallery Lab Detroit at Michigan State University. Our Founding Partner is Google.org, with The Cordover Family Foundation and Human Dignity Foundation. For more information about the Network, visit: international.sciencegallery.com
About The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona - CCCB is a space for the creation, investigation, divulgation and debate of contemporary culture where the visual arts, literature, philosophy, film, music and transmedia activities are interconnected in an interdisciplinary programme. The CCCB works in a network with international institutions and agents, and is linked at the same time to artists, creators’ groups, curators and independent cultural agents from the Barcelona area, supporting their proposals to participate in their creative capital and give them visibility.
The challenges of 21st-century society, the expansion of the literary universe; the intersection of art, science, humanities and technology; the hegemony of the audiovisual galaxy; the commitment to cultural research and innovation; the challenge represented by new audiences and the emergence of new real and virtual communities. The renewal of languages and lexicons, the rebirth of the commons; the challenges of participation and co-creation; the tensions between privacy and transparency; the advent of new social and political models; the risks and opportunities of the scientific and technological revolution. These are some of the decisive processes in a culture undergoing deep transformation and that define the thematic lines of the CCCB over the next few years.
For more information, visit cccb.org/en.