XU WEIJING

FANTASTICAL MACHINES

2013.11.09 – 2013.12.01

Technology and organic life have had a long-standing dialectical relationship. The concepts and cognitions developed from such relationship construct the realm known as biological philosophy, in which we explores the core idea of “what is life.”

FANTASTICAL MACHINES

FANTASTICAL MACHINES

Technology and organic life have had a long-standing dialectical relationship. The concepts and cognitions developed from such relationship construct the realm known as biological philosophy, in which we explores the core idea of “what is life.”. Within this discourse, the main issue identified by many is the conflict between Mechanism and Organicism. However, since the late 19th century, scientists and philosophers have begun to recognize a merging of the two worldviews.

With the emergence of fields such as microbiology, computer science and quantum physics, our perspective has shifted from the individual/whole to a systemic understanding of the world that bridges the gap between the living and the dead. Fantastical Machines presents three investigations that question conventional boundaries and strives to imagine new possibilities of hybrid life forms.

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