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A revolt against progress, an overt opposition to technological advance, and the threat of change to a secure livelihood were the major concerns of the Luddites of the early 1800s. The story of General Ned Ludd, and his movement that attempted to usurp the industrial revolution, is a great anchor to throw down in order to make sense of the themes that The Anti-Luddites explores. Like Luddism, the aims of biotechnology really do threaten our livelihood, but more significantly, our lives. By changing the seemingly constant human qualities, our understanding of what humanity is will fundamentally change.
It is scary. It is overwhelming. What happens to the human condition when scientific technology allows for the augmentation of our fundamental constants?
The positive aspects talk about possibility. Human capability will have a reach far beyond anything we presently know, the limits to who, what, when, where and why protract exponentially. The negatives talk about mutation, defection, loss of identity, further race stratification, enslavement, and eugenic mandate.
The Anti-Luddites explores a posthuman condition where the human body has been broken up, categorised and processed to produce texturally motivated techniques that develop a visual strategy of fashion in the future.