Thursday 19 July 2012 - Tuesday 16 October 2012
An exhibition exploring human
This exhibition is FREE. Please see our opening hours.
Glasses, lipstick, false teeth, the
contraceptive pill and even your mobile phone – we take for granted
how commonplace human enhancements are. Current scientific
developments point to a future where cognitive enhancers and
medical nanorobots will be widespread as we seek to augment our
beauty, intelligence and health.
Superhuman takes a broad and playful
look at our obsession with being the best we can be. Items on
display range from an ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe to a packet
of Viagra, alongside contributions from artists such as Matthew
Barney and scientists, ethicists and commentators working at
the cutting edge of this most exciting, and feared, area of modern
Explore some of the objects and images from the Superhuman exhibition.
What does the future, near and far, hold for humans? Is enhancement the next stage of evolution? Should any limits be imposed? And if so, how? Leading researchers in the field of enhancement discuss these questions.
Test your knowledge of human enhancement with our Superhuman quiz.
After they had seen the exhbibition, we asked visitors to Superhuman to answer questions about human enhancement. See their answers.
Experts, performers, and artists will bring 'Superhuman' to life in a series of drop-in events every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in September and October.
This symposium will examine our relationship with technology and how it stretches our ability to perform in the world. From the influence of the light bulb on our working patterns to space missions and the impact they have had on our physiology, the event will also look forward to what our relationship with technology might be like in the future.
Pick up our new Superhuman Family Trail from the Information Desk.