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The New Body

The New Body

Not so long ago the body you where born with was a fact that could not be denied. This situation has changed drasticly. In recent years the body became object of profound human interference. Not only in medical practises all kinds of body-alien materials are used for enhancement of the body, also cosmetic surgery became a daily routine and moreover, the modification of the human genetic blueprint is part of nearby future possibilities. In a time wherein faith in changes for a better world has almost vanished, medical and biological scientists discuss the making of a better human. This new reality calls for many questions and opens up unsuspected perspectives.
Our conventional, — image of man, defined by Christianity and Humanism is challenged — image of man is challenged. Ethical questions how far we can mutate or intervene in the body have an urgency and new ethics concerning physical beauty are imposed on us by cosmetic modifications. Artists use the phenomenon of the changeable and mutant body as a starting point for far-stretching experiments and futuristic fantasies. In short, our thinking about the body and the self is challenged in an unknown way by scientific and technological innovations.
In this lecture series we will focus our vision, as open-minded as possible, on the future. We will hear about the layered organisation of the body, about the pornofication of society, transhumanism, the representation of the body in contemporary art and future robotification of the human body.

Seminar and lectures will be moderated by Steven ten Thije. He studied art history and philosophy and teaches art theory at the Rietveld Academie. Occasionally he writes book reviews for 'De Witte Raaf' and 'Simulacrum'.

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