WESLEY EVANS, CAMERON MCCORMICK & CHIAN LIAO

ARTIST STATEMENT:

A lot of the time that went into this project ended up being spent making and dressing enclosures—the tent he lives in, their clothes and luggage, and all the little jars. With so many containers inside of containers, each vessel had the potential to become a vector.

 

 

Prologue

“In the face of escalating global climate change and motivated by both ecological and spiritual imperatives, a collective of thinkers and practitioners attempt to realize what they consider to be our only solution. Their goal was to shift the human species out of the ecological role of consumer and into that of primary producer; remaking ourselves into substrates for the living world. After advancements in our understanding of the ecology and genomics of microbial life, coupled with the precision of human gene-editing technology, they began the project of realigning the human condition within the global ecology.

 

Modified before conception, children would be born with entirely formulated immune systems, vulnerable and yet more enduring, and with metabolic cycles unlike any organism on earth. With these bodies we play host to trillions of microbial colonies which live and multiply on and in every bit of tissue, fluid, and organ; thus inducing a state of endosymbiosis. In this way, the entire resource cycle, of consumption and waste, across trillions of distinct beings is all contained within a single body; erasing the singularity of any one of them.”

 

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