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Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World

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"The Thing Tableau" by Mez Breeze, courtesy of Marilne Oliver.

Canada's University of Alberta has launched a multimedia art exhibit that examines the limits of the human body in the 21st century.

Credit: Mez Breeze/Marilne Oliver

The University of Alberta (U of A) in Canada has launched a multimedia art exhibit called "Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology," which examines the limits of the human body in the 21st century.

Dyscorpia is arranged under four themes: Virtual Intelligences and Artificial Bodies; Electrified Anatomies; Stories in Flesh and Bytes, and Out on Our Limbs.

The exhibit features the work of about 30 artists and thinkers from disciplines including virtual reality, computer science, visual art, design, contemporary dance, medical humanities, sound creation, and creative writing.

All the works explore the question of what it means to not know the limits of our bodies in the face of new technologies.

Said U of A's Marilene Oliver, "It's really about what technology is doing to the body, and how we can think about that with very open eyes, and find different ways of looking at it so we make informed decisions."

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