Monday, March 30, 2015

Future Morning

I was reading a little about Ray Kurzweil's singularity and the exponential advancement of technology and computing power. Ray believes we will mostly benefit as a species although he appreciates the potential for the misuse of power.
In another article discussing Kurzweil's predictions the topic of physical augmentation was discussed and it occurred to me, for good or ill, it really signaled the end of humanity.
If it's possible to map a mind and upload it, to remove all reliance on a physical body, to unburden ourselves from disease and aging and death. Then there really isn't much left which makes us human.

Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily think it's such a bad idea. Upload yourself into a small spacecraft, set your sights on Alpha Centauri, clock down your speed for the long journey and blast off.

But it did kind of leave me feeling a bit funny for a while. As I drove through the suburbs I imagined everyone around me as ghosts. From a future perspective, we're all dead and gone. And although that's true of any time, the potential for imminent change is so dramatic we could well be the very last of our kind. Made all the rushing around and busy busy seem pretty pointless.

So I'm using the floral motif of a funeral wreath, expanded and multiplied, to say a goodbye from the early 21st century slugs to the post human gods.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 SQ Youth Award

My exhibition is over, the work's back home and in the wash-up I'd say it was a positive thing all round. But the postmortem can wait. There's lots of other stuff to be getting on with.

In my role as Exhibition Coordinator for Sculptors Queensland things are really hotting up. The last couple of years SQ has run a student prize as part of it's annual members exhibition. Unfortunately, the take-up has NOT been particularly strong. So this year I have re-somethinged it into the Youth Award, "open to all Queensland residents under the age of 25 engaged in the exciting practice of sculpture." Style Property have graciously offered a $250 cash prize and we have including a full years membership of SQ which makes the winner eligible for the $2000.00 Shillam Prize in 2016 if they choose to enter. Secretly what I really want is people younger than me to get involved in the organisation and take over. If Gen Y kids are as ambitious as people make out then they need to know there are loads of cashed up community organisations out there desperate for enthusiastic individuals to step up and take charge!

So putting on my Graphic Artist's hat, I've prepared a full page and half page promo flyer, shared it via FB to all the local UNI's, TAFE's and art stores and even printed a couple out and stuck them up on noticeboards at places I was going to anyway. There's every chance we might get a few entries!