THE FUTILITY OF FIVE FINGERS

The hand and the phone as an entry point to exploring potential futures for humanity.

Technology and human biology have both had reciprocated trajectories throughout history, constantly shifting in dominance over one another. The hand exists where these phenomena converge, diverge, and intersect. If the hand is an extension of the mind, the mobile phone is an extension of the self; humankind has become increasingly attached to the pieces of metal in our pockets, in our hands, glued to our ears. the phone and the hand, now come hand-in-hand. The future reality we curated entails a halt in technological advancement in conjunction with accelerated human evolution. We set out to create an exhibition situated in a natural history museum from a future reality, reflecting on what has already been. Its history is our future. The hand and the phone was our entry point to exploring potential futures for humanity to interact with the world through biological and mechanical extensions. This provided us with a framework to make and speculate on their sociopolitical potentials. Artefacts within the exhibition were split into four categories dictated by their function. These categories were concerned with either accepting human biology as passive to technology, or resisting technology and encouraging its divergence with biology. Within this narrative, different strings of evolution occur in response to technology. Some of these strings produce highly adapted hands, some less so and more closely resemble our current biology.

The exhibition happened at AMP Gallery in Peckham, London (images below).

Please also see ‘Writings’ (in menu) for a short essay reflecting on and analyzing the outcome of this project. It refers to science fiction to better understand its meaning, as well as explores how science fiction film and critical design share views of alternative futures made possible by technological change.

 

This was a group project worked on by myself, Gia MacCallum, Eddy Wilson, Harvey Shaw, Luke Spence and Nye Contant.