The construct of the “human” after humanism

Nicolas Deshayes, Cramps, 2015; Grafikdesign: Zak Group, Ausstellung "Inhuman", Kassel 2015.

In view of the breakneck pace of technological innovation and far-reaching climatic and geological changes, the primacy of humans has increasingly come under fire. Is the humanistic concept of the human being as the “measure of all things” still tenable? The exhibition “Inhuman” gathered international positions by young artists whose works examine current humanoid body models which go beyond avatars, cyborgs and hybrids. They confront us with the view that present-day humans have already entered an intermediate stage of self-estrangement at varying degrees, and thereby illustrate the dystopian aspects of this development. The exhibition examined the construct of the “human” ex negativo, offering new anthropological concepts which take into account the rapid changes of our present day. At an accompanying symposium, contemporary philosophers addressed aspects of the post-human and inhuman. An extensive educational and event programme supplemented the exhibition, providing a substantial contribution to the debate surrounding a new concept of humankind.

Artistic director: Susanne Pfeffer
Artists: Julieta Aranda (MX), Dora Budor (HR), Andrea Crespo (US), Nicolas Deshayes (FR), Aleksandra Domanović (YU), David Douard (FR), Jana Euler, Cécile B. Evans (US), Melanie Gilligan (CA), Oliver Laric (AT), Johannes Paul Raether, Pamela Rosenkranz (CH), Stewart Uoo (US), Lu Yang (CN), Anicka Yi (KR) and others