In order to continue its vulgarization work on the science fiction role in our everyday life, the Maison d’Ailleurs decided to publish short essays – “Les Collections de la Maison d’Ailleurs” – that offer several perspectives on the exhibition’s main theme that one can see at a particular moment, and an exceptional iconographic selection.
Le Posthumain seeks to reflect, through examples drawn from both literature and science fiction movies, on transhumanism, or rather on the conception of the human body that underlies this vast ideological movement. In fact, in addition to its utopian desire to revolutionise human nature, transhumanism is based on an image of the body – constructed since the late Renaissance – that has dissociated man from his body and relegated the latter to being a mere object of experimentation for scholars. Subsequently, man has become a rough draft that is possible to enhance by using body engineering. The two articles that compose this volume are not intended to reflect on the drifts of a science that some contend has become insane, but to show, through the depiction of different conceptions of the body, how an imaginary science fictional world invites the readers and spectators to engage in a reflection on their identity and their humanity.
Authors: Marc Atallah, Frédéric Jaccaud