Post Humanism

What might we look like in a Post Humanism world?  My dark creative mind immediately conjured a dystopian future. Yeah, pretty grim stuff but someone’s gotta do it.

I had so much fun playing with iPad art in this project and was somewhat influenced by David Hockney during my artist research. For those of you who don’t know, Hockney is considered an influential figure in the British Pop Art movement and has embraced technology as a new medium with which to create art, the iPad being one of his favourite ‘canvases.’

Below follows an excerpt from my concept statement (to add context) and a few of the drawing outcomes.

My Post Human world visually focusses on a dystopia that dehumanises citizens through genetic modification. In this world people are divided into groups according to their designated roles and duties. Their bodies are genetically engineered to grow multiple body parts that facilitate enhanced productivity in their assigned social duties. Labourers are allotted extra limbs to enable faster and more efficient productivity; citizens designated to the breeding group develop extra wombs to facilitate multiple pregnancies simultaneously. Scientists and academics assigned to the ‘thinkers’ group grow extra heads, thus two brains instead of one; and law enforcers develop chameleon-type eyes that enhance their vision, enabling them to see in multiple directions at once.

Thanks for reading, now go make some art. On your iPad.

Thinker

Anndelize Graf. Thinker. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

labourer1

Anndelize Graf. Labourer I. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

Labourer3

Anndelize Graf. Labourer III. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

Breeder2

Anndelize Graf. Breeder II. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

 

 

2 Comments on “Post Humanism

  1. Hullo Annde 🙂 I am gonna argue ‘post-humanism’ began in the late 1800’s with the advent (onslaught?) of the industrial revolution / machine age. People be de-skilled en-masse by machination and production lines, losing / being deprived of valuable skills in arts, crafts and trades…
    I am admiring these drawings – great combo of your human drawing skills with a technology device 🙂

    • Hey Michelle (sorry, I called you Shirley in a previous comment.) That would be a great approach to the Post Humanism project. I remember writing an art history essay about the Machine Age some time back, gained some valuable insights in the process! 🙂

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