2. Aesthetics

Bringing the Arts & Design into the Discussion of Transhumanism

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Natasha Vita-More

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch2

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Vita-More, N. (2013) Aesthetics, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • biological arts;
  • design-based practices;
  • human enhancement;
  • life expansion;
  • media approaches;
  • technology;
  • transhumanism

Summary

The current discussion of transhumanism largely focuses on human enhancement, a domain recognized by its technological advances rather than by its artistic pursuits. Rather than the cyborgization of the body, whose value lies in appending physical attributes, transhumanization proposes an intervention of biology in modifying corporeality, extending the biological lifespan, and preserving the brain by transfer onto non-biological platforms. This chapter develops a field of new media approaches to human enhancement and brings about more inclusive discussion, research, and study. Computer-generated works, including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtuality, as well as biological arts in altering cell structures, signify the developing artistic field of human enhancement. New media, in offering further technologies as potential media for artistic options, will expand in creating new practices for designing biosynthetic bodies, sensorial extension, cognitive enrichment, gender diversity, identity transfer, and radical life extension.