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The four themes in the present exhibition address some of the most important human endeavors that for the first time in our history give us the power to determine the future of our species. Gene editing & DNA manipulation; brain machine interface & artificial intelligence; the quest to become a multi-planetary species; and nuclear weapons kindle for some the hope for a better future. For others, these themes evoke the fear that humanity could become obsolete, and therefore risks extinction. Whether this will lead to our extinction -or to our salvation, remains an open question. In any case, it is believed by many that humankind will evolve more in the next thirty years than it has in the past three hundred. Wrapping the mind around these momentous subjects, we come to muse upon the foundations of Western culture, and a moment in the not so distant past, when the intellectual grounds of our civilization were laid, a time inhabited by the heroes of Greek mythology, a world in which humans and gods interacted. As one of the early accounts of the genesis of the world, Greek mythology has extensively influenced the culture, arts, and literature of Western civilization. Therefore it should come as no surprise that certain aspects of the present moment, in which science and technology are the heralds of our future, feel like the realization of ancient myths.Please click here for the fully illustrated catalogue.
Mythology & Science , Until Saturday December 9, 2017

 

The four themes in the present exhibition address some of the most important human endeavors that for the first time in our history give us the power to determine the future of our species.  

Gene editing & DNA manipulation; brain machine interface & artificial intelligence; the quest to become a multi-planetary species; and nuclear weapons kindle for some the hope for a better future. For others, these themes evoke the fear that humanity could become obsolete, and therefore risks extinction. Whether this will lead to our extinction -or to our salvation, remains an open question. In any case, it is believed by many that humankind will evolve more in the next thirty years than it has in the past three hundred.  

Wrapping the mind around these momentous subjects, we come to muse upon the foundations of Western culture, and a moment in the not so distant past, when the intellectual grounds of our civilization were laid, a time inhabited by the heroes of Greek mythology, a world in which humans and gods interacted. As one of the early accounts of the genesis of the world, Greek mythology has extensively influenced the culture, arts, and literature of Western civilization. Therefore it should come as no surprise that certain aspects of the present moment, in which science and technology are the heralds of our future, feel like the realization of ancient myths. 

Please click here for the fully illustrated catalogue.