November 27, 2007

I have been Varholed

andersvarhol.pngCollection: Masterminds of contemporary Transhumanism is an artwork/portrait gallery by GŁnter Bachelier that takes pictures of transhumanists and evolves them. I'm honoured to be part of it, in the form of 2000 versions of myself.

I think I would be terribly embarrassed by a traditional portrait; I imagine I would find faults in me or the portrait whenever I saw it (a bit like watching oneself on TV). This approach feels much better: there are numerous possibilities, not all are perfect, but by expanding into the sea of possible selves and possible portraits the overall effect is a kind of meta-portrait. It is not tied so strongly to me, right here, right now in front of the computer, but rather to the complex net entity Anders.Sandberg that extends through time and space. And as a transhumanist I of course find that entity much more interesting than the tea-drinking monkey hammering away at the keyboard.

Posted by Anders3 at November 27, 2007 06:00 PM