Heather Byington, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
The body is an evolutionary architecture that operates and becomes aware in the world.
To alter it’s architecture is to adjust it’s awareness. The body has always been a prosthetic body, one augmented by its instruments and machines. There has always been a danger of the body behaving involuntarily and of being conditioned automatically.
A Zombie is a body that performs involuntarily, that does not have a mind of it’s own.
A Cyborg is a human-machine system There has always been a fear of the involuntary and the automated. Of the Zombie and the Cyborg. But we fear what we have always been and what we have already become.
NastPlas, creative duo based in Madrid.
The more he identifies with the dominant images of need, the less he understands his own life and his own desires. The spectacle’s estrangement from the acting subject is expressed by the fact that the individual’s gestures are no longer his own; they are the gestures of someone else who represents them to him.
Arslan Ahmad, Lahore, Pakistan.
As a sign of power the hand has a dynamic aspect: it is poised to act and conquer. Open and extended, it symbolizes the opposite of power; the willingness to lay down arms, the proffered hand a greeting, a sign of peace and reconciliation…
Hegel called the hand of man ‘der beseelte Werkmeister seines Glücks’–the inspired maker of his own happiness. It can make happiness to others as well.