...where I was influenced by all kinds of expertise - psychology, biomechanics, anatomy, sociology, cultural studies, and philosophy. The latter became the focus for my work and I began on a path which examined fundamental philosophical questions about what it is to be human, what is a good life, and how science, medicine, and techNology provoke new questions about our place in the world.
It seems to me that the single most important issue of our time is how we utilize technology for the better or worse of humanity. As we enter a world of autonomous vehicles, artificially intelligent machines, genetically enhanced lives, and digitally mediated relationships, so many of the things we take for granted are now up for debate. Everything I do focuses on addressing those uncertainties and trying to unravel complex questions that challenge who we think we are and our place in the world.
Yet, I think of technology in a very broad sense. It comprises objects that we make, but also ideas that we develop, and systems that underpin our use of things. We need smart solutions that allow the world to function as a whole and this alone makes it much harder to identify values, codes, and policies which can allow all societies can get behind.
In 2003, I launched an undergraduate course titled 'Becoming Posthuman' within which students studied how artists - live, performance, visual - engage with concepts of life and the living within their work, often using biotechnology as their medium.
I've spent a considerable amount of my career studying media change, particularly in how it affects our sense of identity, community, or professional conduct. The Olympic Games provides a regular outlet through which to glimpse into the state of the art in media culture and, over the years, I have nurtured my own creative practice first as a writer, then as a photographer, and more recently as a film maker.
Often, my route into a topic is through imagining the changes to our culture that are beginning to emerge as a result of some new set of circumstances, whether it is the possibility of cryonics, or the rise of social media.