Researcher Satement

Being an arts and culture master graduate I am questioning our human position. Encountering vulnerability as a social, cognitive and emotional concept that all human beings dealwith in one way or another. When encountering these vulnerabilities, we are without doubt required to ask ethical questions. Questions regarding the nature of being human and for example whether or not we are allowed to change this nature and if so, by which means. Or maybe we should ask ourselves again what this thought of our nature is, and if this idea in itself should be redefined.

This questioning arises from my personal interest in the human as an object of study within artistic and scientific practices. A living object which is subjected to experimentswhich may change its existence forever. A living object, subjected to its own ideas of possible futures.

In the search for a possibility to show the layering and construct of our vulnerabilities and the perspective on those vulnerabilities I am looking taking on an interconnected, interdisciplinary approach. I aim to connect the (technical) biological field of research and the philosophical research field together. I have researched several bio artistic practices that operate on the thin line between science and art. By examining how these artworks and the creating artists try to convey a vision of a possible futures and the associated ethical questions and concerns I intend to expose the questioning of the human and its vulnerabilities within my master thesis. This research is thus concerned with the posthumanistphilosophical notion, the definition of bio artistic practices and the possibility of art becoming a space in which we can reflect and question the fundamentals of human life, with the aim of providing a more rounded, interconnected perspective of theinterpretations of the questions as asked by posthuman theory, in an attempt to free the theory from being merely words.

As a researcher I am interested in continuing this research and participating in the posthumanist as well as the bio art debates.