Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Cornelius Borck


"Fragments of a broken future: On secular eschatologies and the aesthetic imagination"


University of Lubeck



Abstract: If redemption and resurrection are no longer available for us mortals because of the enlightenment's one-way street towards secular rationalization, research and technology shall regain paradise and eternal life. - Such projects are well known: Genetics and molecular biology will result in a perfect control of life that brings longevity and artificial creatures. The computer revolution expands the intellect and enables to upload consciousness to superfast thinking machines. The internet provides the perfect space for total memory of everything and everyone. Posthumanism keeps the promise of overcoming the human condition. My brief contribution challenges such recent discussions by two historical examples from the world of art: the collages of the German Dada artists Raoul Hausmann and Hannah Höch. While Hausmann may demonstrate an unexpected longue durée of such dreams, Höch uses the same techniques of montage and collage for unexpected fissures and fusions of life forms. Skepticism emerges in this context as critical and cheerful practice.