When it comes to climate change there is an overwhelming representation of dystopian realities. Increasingly, our media supports this reality. Although it is important to inform the public and provide a realistic perception of the catastrophic effects of man-made climate change, focusing on these outcomes alone can lead to a feeling of overwhelming. This often results in a disengagement from the issue and a lack of hope. Without hope from a critical mass, we cannot expect to reverse the negative effects of Climate Change. I intend to create a major artistic project to activate hope – Terra Sapiens.
The purpose of Terra Sapiens is to create images and experiences that address the issues of climate change and the future of humanity. Most importantly, this will be accomplished through the representation of science-based positive fictions envisioning possibilities for our future. The resulting project will activate the public to engage in the solutions and activities necessary to save our planet and improve society.
Another goal of Terra Sapiens is to promote a harmonious and symbiotic relationship with the environment focusing on sustainable paths for humanity that leave as little an imprint as possible. By representing these solutions we can also foresee the issues that may be confronted in trying to apply them - including pragmatic, economic and ethical concerns. This is a collaborative project that will feature artists from different mediums (music, immersive installation, sculpture), but also will serve as a bridge between art and science to enable researchers to express their ideas through ways that are more accessible to the general public.
Behind the scenes video Homo Naturans 360
The Terra Sapiens project is crafted in a way that allows me to create different projects under the same concept. Think of the Lord of the Rings saga in which a whole world is created that allowed Tolkien to explore different themes within the same universe. In the line of the ideas of Yuval Harari and Juan Enriquez, who speak about the Homo Deus and the Homo Evolutis, the next generations of humans, I have decided to imagine the Homo Naturans. The concept of Homo Naturans allows me to explore questions about the future of our species beyond the dire consequences of climate change. I can ask questions about how will the humans of the future will look like considering DNA modification and the use of enhancing prosthetics.
Homo Naturans is a race of humans that have evolved to have more empathy for its environment and its community. It has developed a symbiotic relationship with nature that has trumped the shortsighted vision of depletion without renovation and innovation.
Homo Naturans 360
Invited by visionary photographer Eric Paré to work with his Xangle technology we decided to experiment and create a series of 360° bullet photography. This project will give me the opportunity to introduce an early version of my characters to the public. The Homo Naturans 360 photography project will be a first attempt to give a face to this harmonious species inspired by the texts of scientific philosophers and historians that dare to foresee centuries ahead.
Credits Behind the Scenes video (above)
Damian Siqueiros Photographer and Art Director.
Explorers (Dancers): Claudia Chan Tak: Forest Explorer. Hamilton Nieh: Ocean Explorer, Alisia Pobega: Sky Explorer. Vanesa Garcia-Montoya: Desert Explorer
Behind the scenes video created by Guillermo Castellanos.
Production Team: Laurence Gagnon: Set design, Armando Lopez Bircann: Costume and accessory design. Stephane Coté: Make-up artist. Assistants: Mateo H. Casis. Jonathan Golino: Videographer.
Tech team: Christian Dion, Laurent Siroën, Matthias Thomas Lamotte, Valentin Lecorps, Andrés de la Rosa.
Documentary crew for Terra Sapiens project: Ashley Gilmore and Max Machado
Homo Naturans in still photography
These are the first still images, created in collaboration with dancer Mike Tyus, that represent the Homo Naturans through photography. The images will be altered to add CGI elements that speak about solutions for the current environmental and social issues we confront as a society.
Designer Neri Oxam: Design at the intersection of technology and Biology
Juan Enriquez: The next species of humans
Author Yuval Harari: Homo Deus