"Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times." Sigmund Freud
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
I’m an artist trying to understand the past and the future of the human body in the world. All throughout history, mankind has sought to shape the world in our own image. Constant progress in technology means that we are now able to shape our own bodies – both internally, through drugs and surgery, and externally, through prostheses and clothing. We seek to transcend our limitations.
The human body is both sacred and common. As the title quote by Friedrich Nietzsche illustrates, there is no strict distinction between the mortal vessel we inhabit and our mind. Philosophers, artists, scientists, sculptors and engineers have long debated the relationship between our mind and our body.
Over the next few months, I will start collecting images, writing, video and interactive web-based environments that explore questions such as:
Can a prosthetic be an inhabitable sculpture?
Can it transform us into a new form of art work?
Can we put on a prosthetic in order to enhance our own perception and attention?
What is Beauty Today? Is it something more than just fashion and design? Is there something sublime in how we might live today?
What is the future of the human body?
How far through our course of evolution have we come?
How much further is there to go?
How can we be transformed – mentally and physically and spiritually – through something that we wear?