NOT NATURAL, a new exhibition developed by Science Gallery at the University of Melbourne, explores our increasing ability to control nature, and the plethora of possibilities and ethical dilemmas that come with that power.
Featuring international and local arts/science collaborations, NOT NATURAL delves into the world of synthetic biology, species de-extinction, chimera creatures and artificial intelligence, dissolving the line between what is considered natural and not natural.
Curated by Science Gallery Curators, Tilly Boleyn and Bern Hall, in collaboration with a curatorial panel of young people and academic experts, the exhibition invites the audience to reflect on our society’s ongoing interest in controlling, shaping and adapting to the natural environments around us.
“NOT NATURAL brings together a series of speculative projects that intersect biology, design and technology and ask some bold questions about the future we are currently stepping into” says Tilly Boleyn. “Are we redesigning evolution or is evolution re-designing us – and just because we can, should we?”
Image: Robert Hengeveld, KentuckyPerfect, 2019. Installation view at Latvian National Museum of Art. Photo: Didzis Grodzs.
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