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Being

"Being" is a series of images which aims to call into question the division between the categories of Human, Animal, and Robot. Each collage, created using a generative design process, represents a creature which defies categorization entirely, inviting viewers to consider a future where beings other than humans might be considered persons.

Jayde Norstrom

Information Design

The divisions between Human, Animal, and Robot are already blurred: Humans are actually animals ourselves, and we rely on technology (including many forms of body enhancement) in our daily lives. Some animals use tools and are considered at least as intelligent as toddlers. Machine intelligence is increasing rapidly, and sentient Artificial Intelligence may not be too far away. "Being" blurs these boundaries even further by deconstructing bodies from each of the categories and reassembling them into a new transcendent organisms.

Component images were selected in order to create fully-fleshed out Beings which exist on the edge of possibility. Most of the original images are archival in order to recreate a documentary or illustrative feel; as if one were recording the discovery of a new species. By making the images black and white, the edges of each piece blurs into the next, forming a single whole organism.

By using a generative process the outputs are potentially infinite; component images curated by the designer are placed in a random location, orientation, opacity, and order on the canvas. By incorporating this machine input, each Being is given a completely unique form which is the combination of machine and human/animal direction.