H+, ART & DESIGN

INNOVATION WITHIN CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Transhumanism has always had a close relation with the arts and design, and a tranhsumanist perspective can deeply inform conceptual and detailed designs for products and services. Transhumanist ideas are summarized in the Transhumanist Art Manifesto, Transhumanist Arts Statement and also more generally in the Transhumanist Declaration. These are:

"Art and Design have an opportunity to lead visionary ideas for the future. But artists and designers need to learn about how to think about the future first.

"There are ways of thinking about the future that allow creative interpretation of complex adaptive systems which are applicable to many domains, including science, technology, sociology, economics, archeology, anthropology and psychology. Artists too may find great value in matters of the future that allow for a deeper, richer inquiry.

"While some 20th century questions that artists are concerned about today are valuable and worth cogitating over, others such as the usefulness of art are worn-out. Often I hear artists debating about the usefulness or art, a topic designers are not at issue with. If it inspires, informs, explains, provokes, and gives humanity new and fresh ways of experiencing the world; it is a benefit to society. I say, move on and be visionary - be daring and create." (Transhumanist.biz).

TRANSHUMANIST ARTS STATEMENT

We are transhumans
Our art integrates the most eminent progression
of creativity and sensibility
merged by discovery.

Transhumanist Arts represent the aesthetic and creative culture of transhumanity.
Transhumanist Artists are developing new and varied modes of art.
Our aesthetics and expressions are merging with science and technology in
designing increased sensory experiences.

Transhumans want to improve and extend life.
We are designing the technologies to improve and extend life.
Emotions are integral to our senses and understanding.
We are designing the technologies to enhance our senses and understanding.
The transhumanist ecology and freedom exercises self-awareness and self-responsibility.
If our art represents who we are, then let us choose to be transhumanist
not only in our bodies, but also in our values.
Transhumanist Artists embrace the creative innovations of transhumanity.
We are ardent activists in pursuing infinite transformation, overcoming death and exploring the universe.
Transhumans want to improve and extend life.
We are designing the technologies to improve and extend life.
Emotions are integral to our senses and understanding.
We are designing the technologies to enhance our senses and understanding.

As Transhumanist Arts come into focus
As more artists join our efforts
As more designs are produced
As more music is composed
As more stories are written
As the tools and ideas of our art continue to evolve,
So too shall we.



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WRITTEN BY Peter Rothman ART by Benedict Campbell