《憂生學-眾生塔》Limbo – sentient beings
● 藝術家 Artist：葛昌惠 Chang-Huei Ge
● 主辦單位 Organizer：財團法人數位藝術基金會 Digitial Art Foundation
● 補助單位 Support：文化部 Ministry of Culture、台北市政府文化局 Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government
A spinoff following Limbo and its sci-fi universes, Limbo- sentient beings taps into themes of technology, society, as well as people and moral values. Using speculative design based on a sci-fi prototype, the project attempts to build a narrative mode to craft stories in science fictions and create settings for the future societies. The artist started by conducting experiments and researches on the education of sci-fi art, through seminars and workshops, trying to propose methods and evidence-based advice for world building in science fictions.
Inspired by David A. Kirby’s notion of the diegetic prototype, the project portrays a setting in the future world, built based on the use of human technology, in terms of how people use it and how they think of such technology. In Limbo- sentient beings, the world lifted the ban on the use of genetical modification of human DNA. Humans with enhancements in strength and intelligence has brought a huge impact on society. Apart from this, Limbo, a wearable device that allowed for increased human brainwaves to assists movement, became a surveillance tool for the authoritarian government. The human genetic enhancement and the wearable powered system reflected the different solutions from the rich and the poor to survival in a ravaged environment. The gap between the rich and the poor was huge, and conflicts arose from the disparity of people’s living conditions, followed by the incident where enhanced children’s ears were cut off. All these fueled the discussion of genetic engineering, the environment, and human survival. When human potential and intelligence are the result of natural selection, all physical functions were randomly predetermined, despite the barriers to social mobility. This mechanism gave the illusion that all men were created equal, when it came to reproduction of individuals. Today, is there a risk of causing irreversible disasters, when there is the possibility for humans to play God? Amid the heated discussion over these topics, the ear-cutting incident happens a third time.
Limbo- sentient beings, sharing the settings of Limbo, takes the form of featuring news, interviews, and monologues, where 40 people with different income level are invited to talk about their views on the ear-cutting incident. With differences in age, gender, intelligent, and income level, these subjects make different statements, based on their background and experiences. Is it possible that the sentient beings in that world are now watching us from afar, waiting for humans today to walk step by step into that future with extreme conditions?