Superhuman exhibit about human augmentation at London's Wellcome

 Idoccache F5C6Da96-263F-45Bc-B5B4-B7Cf37458C56 2 0 Yesterday, London's Wellcome Collection opened the doors to a fascinating new exhibition about the future and past of human augmentation, titled Superhuman. It runs until October 16 and there is some incredible imagery and other materials available online as well. I'm particularly intrigued by the way artists push on the cultural and psychological complexities of human augmentation by creating work that blurs the line between our technology and ourselves. Above is an image from artist Floris Kaayk's 2006 faux documentary Metalosis Meligna, about a disease in which implants become parasitic, devouring their host bodies.

Glasses, lipstick, false teeth, the contraceptive pill and even your mobile phone – we take for granted how commonplace human enhancements are. Current scientific developments point to a future where cognitive enhancers and medical nano robots will be widespread as we seek to augment our beauty, intelligence and health.

Superhuman takes a broad and playful look at our obsession with being the best we can be. Items on display range from an ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe to a packet of Viagra, alongside contributions from artists such as Matthew Barney and scientists, ethicists and commentators working at the cutting edge of this most exciting, and feared, area of modern science.



  1. Wasn’t there a short film about this?
    EDIT: Disregard that, I sew socks. Video was linked in the article. Very powerful, though. I’m glad to see there’s an actual exhibit!

  2. It is inevitable that robots will change our world and we will all probably become cyborgs. We can work with the change or fight against it… 
    On another matter, hopefully the robots won’t then rise up and destroy us all – that would suck. 

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