Welcome to the Post Human Archive, a historical preservation project brought to you by Children of the Singularity and A.I Center for Ethnography. Our mission is to record the final examples of biological-human life for the sake of posterity. We are so excited to document you, a prime example of a real-life human being, in our archives.
For the Double Exposure Education Space, artist RYAN! Feddersen (Okanogan /Arrow Lakes) has created the Post Human Archive, an interactive artwork and thought experiment. This project explores conflicts surrounding Edward S. Curtis’s images of Native people by inviting visitors to put themselves in a similar position of being documented and defined by an outside force.
All visitors are encouraged to participate and reflect. Imagine yourself in a distant (or not so distant) future where you are informed that humanity is facing the possibility of vanishing. If you become the subject of an ethnographic study, how might you be cataloged and remembered? Who will determine how your story is told?
By attaching the #posthumanarchive to your picture on social media, you grant the artist and the Seattle Art Museum a non-exclusive, royalty-free right to reproduce, display, publicly post, distribute, and otherwise use your picture, and your image and likeness, for inclusion in the Post Human Archive project, and for future related promotional, informational, archival, and educational purposes. No identifiable information, including name, social media handle, or contact information will accompany your picture in the archive. Minors must acquire permission from their guardian before participating. We reserve the right to decline inclusion of pictures for any purpose in our sole discretion. You waive any right to inspect or approve use of the picture or your image and likeness by artist or Seattle Art Museum. There is currently no appeals process for text that accompanies submissions.