What does the next step in human evolution look like?
Art, Science and Democracy
On a good day, my mind wanders between the worlds of Art and Science.
As a scientist, I create artificial biological systems. My scientific journey aims at creating novel kinds of medicines, but it also raises fundamental questions about the future of Humanity.
So what does the next step in human evolution look like? Are humans version 2.0 still biological? Will humans free themselves from the laws of physics? How would human-directed bioengineering alter human interactions and the principles that govern human societies? Is there still beauty in tomorrow's Humanity? Do we run a risk of totally losing our human identity?
Scientists should not be the only humans trying to answer these questions. Under democratic principles, all citizens should be given a chance to reflect on how humanity could be modified by emerging technologies.
I create Art, which unlike Science is intuitive and readily accessible to all, in the hope of facilitating a democratic debate around the question of human engineering.
My work as an artist invites any viewer to reflect on how Humanity could/should be shaped by human intervention.