See Yourself X
See Yourself X
Human Futures Expanded
£24.95 | $45.00
28 x 23 cm | 11 x 9 in
240 ills | 192 pages
Contributors Louis-Philippe Demers, Olaf Martens, Katharine Dowson, Mariana Fantich, Dominic Young, Ruth Marten, et al
See Yourself X (SYX) is the second volume of Madeline Schwartzman's timely series that looks at human perception and the human sensory apparatus. See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception (2011), the first of the series, is a collection of fifty years of futuristic proposals for the body and the senses. See Yourself X focuses on our fundamental perceptual domain—the human head—presenting an array of conceptual and constructed ideas for how we might physically extend the head, the mind, the brain or our consciousness into space. What is the future of the human head? What will happen to our sensory apparatus in fifty years time, when the mechanisms for how we communicate and sense become obsolete, prompted by the advancement of sensors that will enable brain-to-brain communication? Everyone with a head should be interested in this book.
SYX had inauspicious origins. In March 2012, Schwartzman's airplane crashed into a bus while she was on the way to a talk for See Yourself Sensing. The wing of her Delta MD-80 knocked over a shuttle bus at over 120 miles per hour while landing in Detroit. Luckily no one was hurt. But it did spark an investigation: do pilots feel the width of their wings? If so, this would mean that the head was effectively 150 feet wide. This was the catalyst for SYK: to look across art practices and contemporary culture at all ways of extending the head into space, and to move headlong into the future.