A common denominator of the works in the exhibition is the ever-changing concept of the “human”, or rather the transformations the image of human existence underwent during the 20th Century. This process has been greatly affected by the interconnected development of optics and epistemology. However, optics is not considered solely as a technological science, but rather as a technical and conceptual apparatus that at the beginning of the 21st Century depicts images of the human body and of the human soul residing in it (for instance in series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dexter and Lie to Me). Regarding epistemology, it is worth focusing on the discourse represented by philosophers (ranging from Michel Foucault to Katherine Hayles) that has sought ways to adapt notions of the human and humanity to the latest developments in medicine, biology, informatics and cybernetics. Nowadays this discourse is often referred to as post-humanistic, since unlike Humanism, instead of addressing the essence of the human and human nature (understood from the perspectives of biology and psychology), it centres more on boundaries and transitions, liminal dimensions and manifestations of hybridity.

Sándor Hornyik

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