Arts: abhominal | posthumans

“Although currently a science fiction, we – the human race – are on the cusp of human genetic engineering.

Humans have altered the genomes of species for thousands of years through artificial selection. Over the past 40 years scientists have made amazing technological progress to improve natures crops and mammals through genetic modifications; recently science has mapped the entire human genome and begun to realise the potential for modifying us.

…To modify nature is our nature.” ~ Jason Hopkins


Jason Hopkins is an artist based in London, United Kingdom that uses computer graphics to explore alternative posthuman forms. His works combine organic elements, often bulbous blobs of flesh that may or may not vaguely resemble humans, with geometric built forms. The resulting objects are considerations of the space of possible post human forms, beings that are part geodesic tensegrity structure and part bio-organic meat sack. Abhominal, an archaic word meaning inhuman, and is the title of his blog exploring human and posthuman forms. 

Some of the Jason’s posthuman entities seem to be feeling beings while others seemingly are bio-organic structures, or perhaps parts for some sort of living architecture.  He describes them as “a fusion of geometric, architectural and biological abstract forms” from a “bleak evolutionary future where biotechnology has been used to make perfect posthuman beings”. If they’re perfect why is the future bleak? 

Regardless, there is something disturbing or even shocking about these distortions of the human form and bio-structural entities made of flesh. But perhaps this just exposes our inherent and deep biases about the human form and what makes someone or something beautiful.







Is  the posthuman on the edge of the dock-like structure sad? It’s posture seems to indicate a sort of emotion that might not even be relevant to this posthuman being who is perhaps just admiring the view.



Is this some sort of intelligent sentient entity or a constructive element made of grown flesh?
Ear lobes or intestines?

Some of these distortions are extrerme such that whatever human form was used originally, it is no longer at all human but closer to a Lovecraftian horror of some sort.

Jason’s beings are without eyes or faces, but seem to convey emotions anyway. And while some human-like hands and feet are occasionally visible, it isn’t immediately clear if these posthumans are conscious independent entities, tools, or structures. Perhaps they constitute a new category of existence which combines all three.

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