Natasha Vita-More

Natasha Vita-More
Occupation Media artist and futurist

Natasha Vita-More (born Nance Clark in Eastchester, New York) is a media artist and designer, with a science background, known for designing "Primo Posthuman." [1][2][3] This future human prototype incorporates biotechnology, robotics, information technology, nanotechnology, cognitive and neuroscience for human enhancement and extreme life extension.

Vita-More is a university lecturer and the Creative Director of H+ Lab [4] for scientific and artistic design collaborations. Vita-More is currently a Visiting Scholar at Twenty-First Century Medicine, Advisor to the Singularity University, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Humanity+. She is a PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth. Her thesis concerns human enhancement and extreme life extension. She holds a B.F.A., University of Memphis; filmmaker-in-residence, University of Colorado; M.Sc., University of Houston; M.Phil. University of Plymouth.

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Philosophy

In 1982, Vita-More authored the Transhuman Statement; produced and hosted cable TV show TransCentury Update on human futures reaching over 100,000 viewers in Los Angeles and Telluride 1985–1992; founded Transhumanist Arts and Culture[4] 1993. She was the Chair of “Vital Progress Summit” [5] 2004, establishing a precedent for proaction of human enhancement (see Proactionary Principle). She was the president of the Extropy Institute 2002-2006. She currently advises non-profit organizations including Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, Adaptive A.I., and LifeBoat Foundation, and Alcor Life Extension Foundation, and has been a consultant to IBM on the future of human performance.

Vita-More is a lecturer on transhumanism.[3]

Practice and Theory

Vita-More is a proponent of morphological freedom and enhancing human biology. To give credence to her arguments, Vita-More supports the Proactionary Principle.

In addition to academic works, she has been featured in Wired, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Net Business, Telepolis, LA Weekly and Village Voice. She makes frequent media appearances on the future and culture, and has exhibited at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brooks Memorial Museum,[6] Institute of Contemporary Art, Women In Video,[7] Telluride Film Festival [8] and United States Environmental Film Festival [9] and recently "Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age".[10] Vita-More has a bi-monthly column in Nanotechnology Now,[11] is a Guest Editor of The Global Spiral [12] academic journal and on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Green Nanotechnology.[13] Audio and vido interviews with Vita-More can be found at Technoccult [14] La Spirale[15] MemeBox Future Blogger[16] Tin Foil [17] and Wiki Science.[18]

Primo Posthuman

Vita-More has argued that the fundamental issue concerning human efficacy is to improve its condition and survive. Her theory suggests that human nature is built on the premise of problem solving through innovative methods of design. Such theory employs Conceptual Art at its core and includes, but is not limited to, biotechnology, robotics, information technology, nanotechnology, neuroscience and cognitive science, artificial general intelligence ("BRINC"). Primo Posthuman combines bioart and “BRNIC” in reaching past limitations of bioart toward the central issue of extending life well past the Hayflick theory. Arguing for instinctive need and desire to overcome odds such as disease, the original future human body/brain design “Primo Posthuman” is both a media design and a theoretical concept. Her “Primo Guide” gives a brief illustrated introduction.[19]

Human Enhancement Rights

On the surface, Vita-More’s theoretical approach to human enhancement can be understood from evolutionary biology of natural selection; however, it is the human who is making the selection through critical thinking of the pros and cons of human enhancement technologies. Vita-More argues that morphological freedom is the bargaining chip rather than human enhancement being based on an economic hierarchy of those who have power (elitism) and those who do not (poverty).

Papers

2009

"Bone Density" in Evolution Haute Couture, art and science in the post-biological age, Bulatov, Dmitry (Ed) Kaliningrade: KB NCCA pp. 64–65.
"Transhuman Statement" in ARTISTS' MANIFESTOS, New York: Penguin Modern Classics.
"The Aesthetics of Transhumanism" in TIF English Journal. Institute of Media Arts, Yonsei University.
"Human Enhancement to the Extreme: a New Role for Art and Its Media" in INSIDE [arte e siencia] Editoria LxK Pub. Impressao Europress, pp 312–217.
"Human Enhancement Aesthetics" in D'ARS, N. 198, Italy, Giugno, pp. 35–37.
“Bringing Art/Science and Design Into the Discussion of Transhumanism”. The Global Spiral, Winter Special Issues.
“The Mediated Technological Singularity: Human Use as a Passport to Technological Innovation”, in New Realities: Being Syncretic. Wein, New York: Springer. pp. 306–309.
"Nano’s Neo Normal” in Nanotechnology Now. Sep 19. http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/?article=355.
“Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Skin” in Nanotechnology Now. Jan 19. http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/?article=268.

2008

"Designing Human 2.0 — Regenerative Existence". Volume 3, Pub. Routledge.
“La Guerra del diseno: Humanish vs. Postbiologico – una Practica del Juego con Posibles Efectos en la Humanidad" in Homo Ludens Ludens. Gijon, Spain: Laboral, pp 172–179.
“Nanomechatronics Nanosystem and Mitochondria Symbiosis” in Nanotechnology Now. Sept, 23. http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/?article=236
“Putting Criticism Forward” in Nanotechnology Now. April 10. http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/?article=187
“Nanofactory or AGI — Which technology could cure humanity's many problems”? in Nanotechnology Now. Jan 24. http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/?article=164 2007
“Posthuman - Putting Transhumanist Perspective into Contrasting Theories” in Nanotechnology Now. Aug 2. http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/?article=090
"Brave BioArt 2: Shedding the Bio, Amassing the Nano, and Cultivating Posthuman Life." in Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research. Volume 5.3, pp. 71–86, London: Intellect, Inc.

2006

"Strategic Sustainable Brain". Nanotechnology Perceptions: A Review of Ultraprecision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Volume 2, No. 1, March 27. Collegium Basilea, Pub. Institute of Advanced Study, Basel, Switzerland.
"The Perfecting of Man" in AnOtherMan, Issue 3, Autumn/Winter.
"Wisdom [Meta-Knowledge] through AGI / Neural Macrosensing". Consciousness Reframed 2006 Conference Paper. http://www.natasha.cc/consciousnessreframed.htm.

2005

“Global Design” 1st Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology, Terasem: Vermont.
“Sustainable Futures,” Death And Anti-Death: Fifty Years After Einstein, One Hundred Fifty Years After Kierkegaard. Charles Tandy (ed), Volume 3. Palo Alto, California: Ria University Press.

2004

“The New [human] Genre — Primo Posthuman” at Ciber@RT Conference, Bilbao, Spain April, 2004. http://www.natasha.cc/paper.htm

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.kurzweilai.net/meme/frame.html?main=/articles/art0405.html
  2. ^ Baard, Erik (2006). Cyborg Liberation Front. http://www.villagevoice.com/2003-07-29/news/cyborg-liberation-front/2. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Cintra (21 October 2007). "Droid Rage". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/style/tmagazine/21droid.html?_r=1&ref=tmagazine&oref=slogin. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  4. ^ a b Natasha Vita-More (2008-06-25). "Transhumanism & Transhumanist Arts for the Future!". Transhumanist.biz. http://www.transhumanist.biz. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Extropy Institute Contact". Extropy.org. http://www.extropy.org/summitkeynotes.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  6. ^ "Memphis Brooks Museum". Brooksmuseum.org. http://www.brooksmuseum.org/. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  7. ^ "WIFV". WIFV. 2010-10-13. http://www.wifv.org/. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  8. ^ "Telluride Film Festival". Telluride Film Festival. http://telluridefilmfestival.org/. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  9. ^ "Environmental Film Festival". Dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. 2010-03-28. http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/films.php?FilmID=280. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  10. ^ "Evolution Haute Couture: Art and science in the post-biological age — on exhibit in Kaliningrad from today". Corporeality.net. 2008-08-08. http://www.corporeality.net/museion/2008/08/08/evolution-haute-couture-art-and-science-in-the-post-biological-age-on-exhibit-in-kaliningrad-from-today/. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  11. ^ "Nanotechnology Now - Nanotechnology Columns". Nanotech-now.com. http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  12. ^ "Global Spiral :: Home". Metanexus.net. http://www.metanexus.net/magazine/. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  13. ^ "Taylor & Francis Journals: Welcome". Tandf.co.uk. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/19430892.asp. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  14. ^ "Natasha Vita-More on NeoFiles". Technoccult.com. 2006-05-03. http://www.technoccult.com/archives/2006/05/03/natasha-vita-more-on-neofiles/. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  15. ^ "Natasha Vita-More Interview LaSpirale". Natasha.cc. http://www.natasha.cc/laspirale.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  16. ^ Golden, Garry. "Natasha Vita-More: Transhumanism on the Rise". Memebox.com. http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/show/98. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  17. ^ http://www.tinfoilmusic.net/artists-at-edge/1637-20-questions-with-natasha-vita-more-part-2
  18. ^ "Scenario: Natasha Vita More - Future". Future.wikia.com. 2010-10-25. http://future.wikia.com/wiki/Scenario:_Natasha_Vita_More. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  19. ^ "Primo Guide". natasha.cc. 2005. http://www.natasha.cc/primoguide.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 

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