Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland – A new exhibition explores the idea of transhumanism, highlighting the ways in which it has already become part of our daily lives.
The exhibition, Corps-concept, introduces the idea of transhumanism by reflecting on the human desire to optimise the body. In this post-human mentality science and medicine have transformed people’s bodies through the use of artificial limbs, plastic surgery and drugs such as Ritalin, developed to optimise concentration.
The works at the show by comic book artist Beb-deum, photographer Matthieu Gafsou and artist Jean-Pierre Kaiser consider societal notions of the body since the turn of the nineteenth century, and how this has affected current ideas of the self. Beb-deum’s Mondiale animation stills present body modification as a means of transforming humans into the perfect package, which can be easily reproduced.
In line with this idea of perfection, a host of toy figurines exemplify the homogeny that has developed around male and female body image, and is intensified by the transhumanist search for optimisation.