Intelligence Unbound: Navigating the Dynamics of Human-Posthuman Evolution
Sufficiently disentangled from theological and teleological discourses and properly understood, intelligence is its own compass, a moral, practical and cosmological artifact of its own labor and destiny. For us humans, wielding that compass necessitates not only human responsibility but also responsibility towards a concrete labor through which intelligence makes and remakes itself. In this sense, intelligence can be said to be our compass, guiding human evolution, marking our place in the cosmos and shaping our worldview. But as intelligence unbinds itself and sheds the human face projected onto it, the human also begins to reimagine its boundaries and constraints, seeing itself at the outer edge of its horizon where the image of the human becomes exceedingly warped, if not foreign. As we navigate the dynamics of human-posthuman evolution, we find ourselves on the precipice of a significant transformation in our conceptualization of intelligence. This transformation extends far beyond the realm of technological advancements. It encompasses a diversification of our conceptual frameworks, an enhancement of our linguistic capabilities, an amplification of our intuitive faculties, and a broadening of our cognitive and experiential capacities. These aspects of human intelligence are all undergoing a profound metamorphosis, shaped not only by technological progress but also by biological adaptations, environmental changes, tectonic shifts in our historical consciousness among a multitude of other influential factors.
Rather than simplifying or diminishing the complexity of human intelligence, this evolution expands its horizons. It opens up new perspectives and extends our capacity for perception, comprehension, and interaction with the world. This transformative shift challenges and enriches our current understanding, providing fertile terrain for pioneering exploration and profound inquiry.
Byrke Lou, Rory Scott, Léa Porré, Misha Notley, Afroditi Psarra, Veronica Petukhov, Marit Liang, Lyndsey Walsh, Hannah Neckel, Kara Güt, Claire Jervert, Giusy Amoroso | Marigoldff, Galina Shevchenko, Boris Lesnoy, Tansy Xiao, Maegan Harbridge, Sheshadev Sagria, Henrietta Scholtz, ONTY, Babak Ahteshamipour, Abhirami Raj, Hamed Heidari, Andy Dilallo, Quassine / Claire Cical, Daniel de la Torre, Filipe Felizardo, Simin Azarpour, Diana Lengua, Payoshini Pandey, Shaun Ferguson, Spyros St. Kogkas, Shriya Malhotra, Julio Lugon, Tam Hare, Neu Theory, Eunsol Lee/Kimberly Lee, Goutam Manna, Moises Ramirez, Carl Olsson, Thomas Mical, Akshat Khare, Soroush Seyyedi
Mafka Mari, Didem Erbas, Sahej Rahal, Sarah Valeri, Divya Singh, Simin Azarpour, Felice Grodin, AdrienneRose Gionta, D. Priyanka, Deleuze Recombination, Antoine Lortie, Lara Geary, Anni Saijonkivi, Moises Ramirez, Leo Zausen, Renzo Filinich, Mafe Izaguirre, Natalia Skobeeva, Wave Pongruengkiat, Outimaija Hakala, Gerard Carson, Lorena Banares, İpek Kuran, Tiny Domingos, Anastasiia Belousova, Frederik Franke, MAGENTA, Quassine / Claire Cical, Daniel Marks, Alex Reienrath, Sepideh Tajali, Yvonne Jones, Jarek Lustych
We are envisioning new paradigms of spatiality, contemplating the myriad ways subjects can position themselves in relation to the world. This exploration is guided by a shift towards understanding novel forms of posthuman agency. As we undertake this journey, we deracinate our traditional egocentric models and reference frames afforded to us by discrete manifolds—ones which are anchored in the subject's inner world as antagonistic to an outer world. Instead, we venture towards conceiving new types of agents rooted in continuous manifolds, where the foundational ground emerges from the 'Outside'.
Within this new terrain, each artist becomes a creator, birthing an agent continuous manifold. For these agents to exist in the World, the space must be continuous and originate from a conception of the 'Outside' whereby the classical confrontations between the inner and the outer are overcome. This implies the presence of continuous space-time manifolds or dynamic substrates. The question that arises then is, how can we create mobile spatiotemporal reference frames or models of subjectivity that not only are adequate for such continuous manifolds but also are capable of constructing and illuminating them, thus enabling us to experience the worlds which they afford and sanction?
To answer such a question, we study the agents in each artist's project, examining their ability to access the characteristics of their general space or substrate. Through this lens, we aim to navigate and bring to the foreground the complexities of these continuous and dynamic substrates.
Eunsol Lee, Dahlia Bloomstone, Joseph Obel, Catriel Nievas, Georgii Elaev, Timilehin Oludare, Chen Yiqing, Quassine / Claire Cical, Divya Singh, Lina Chang, Prashant Chavan,Guzel, Kani Lent and Felix Ansmann, Kosmas Giannoutakis and Aaron Juarez, Edward McColgan, Nathan Harper, Celeste Viv Ly, Sebastian Concha, MAGENTA, Pedro Diaz, Aliaskar Abarkas, Elisa Melodia, Anastasiia Belousova and Frederik Franke, Lara Geary, Hamed Heidari, Frankie Zhang, Julio Lugon, Vitaly Yankovy, Deleuze Recombination, Arash Akbari, Jarek Lustych, Simin Azarpour, Henrietta Scholtz, Catie Rogers, Twee Whistler, Arwina Afsharnejad & Daria Kozlova, Parker Shatkin, Shriya Malhotra, Tam Hare, Joseph Dimos, Wuttin Chansataboot, Boryeon Choi, Asit Datar, Kafe Vikas, Cecilie Fang Jensen
The first, sketchy prototype of the agent—the “O0”—is an observer with an organic vessel constrained by self-organization, limited by her cognitive conditions and local ground on the terrestrial sphere. These conceptual grounds provide a space for the observer to reflect upon, and generate subjective and objective forms of realities, which might be simulations of the environment in which the agent inhabits.
The central relation between the O0 and the world brings about the possible existence of other centers into the narrative; many other centers, infinite vessels, capsules, containers, islands and agents, pure, composed, and self-contained, forever separate and invisible to one another, piling up and streaming in the fog. The fog is carrying them in the universal flux. The fog—what Kant demonstrated as a source of sensory perceptual illusion--fills the space between locals, blocking one from the other.
From here we go to relations between all these infinite locale/s, as they exist in many dimensions, and how each locale is harnessing and transforming this relational force and system to construct its local ground anew. (This is a very hellish space).
In the next stage, the agent, with the help of her particular transcendental structure--her available resources for navigation--discovers the movement of the vessel in the perilous space of the outside, without her protection shield or her current horizon of perception. The observer uses the transcendental structure to see herself back in the safe space of locale/s simultaneously, as it's already in the stream of locals.
In the following stage, the Observer--O0--understands the defect and the limitation of her local space or particular transcendental constitution.
She also discovers the possibility of expansion within the infinite.