LIFE AT THE EDGES

What does it mean to create life, or extend a person's lifespan? This section of the exhibition explores the limits of human life and longevity. It includes a compelling and challenging work by designer, Agatha Haines, who has created five sculptures of human babies, each with a surgically implemented body modification.

Also included are living artworks designed in a laboratory by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, and confrontational works which explore the end of life by Julijonas Urbonas, and James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau.
 

Through surgical procedures our bodies can be stretched, shifted and sewn, yet still be functional. If a child is born with a disability, the child’s family and doctors will try to improve the capabilities of that child to match average human abilities. But why stop there? Should we strive to medically enhance bodily functions beyond what our bodies are capable of?

Transfigurations by Agatha Haines consists of sculptures representing five babies, who have body modifications. Each modification is designed to solve a potential future problem for the baby, ranging from medical or environmental issues to social mobility issues. How far might parents go to give their child an advantage? What circumstances justify modifying a child’s body?
 

Transfigurations, 2013
Agatha Haines