Upcoming exhibition: Superhuman at Wellcome

Coinciding with the London 2012 Olympics this summer, Wellcome’s new exhibition focuses on the efforts of mankind to enhance performance and physical ability.

Superhuman’s spectacular and sometimes peculiar display of over 100 objects, artworks and videos explore early developments in prosthesis, such as Egyptian prosthetic limbs and later artificial limbs powered by gas, through to current and futuristic advancements that utilize bio and nano technology.

“Human enhancement is one of the most exciting and feared areas of modern science, where sci-fi imaginings seemingly come alive. But it is not the exclusive preserve of the contemporary technologist, as our desire to enhance ourselves and our ingenuity to do so is in evidence throughout our history,” explains exhibition curator Emily Sargent.

Our recent In The Air report, Augmented Control, explores a near-future of human enhancement in which we are beginning to defy our natural, biological rhythms, due to the rapid rate at which technology is evolving.

Superhuman opens to the public this Thursday, and will run until October 16th, 2012.  – Samantha Fox

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