The Extropic Art Manifesto (1997)

by Natasha Vita-More
1st January 1997

We are transhumanists.

Our art integrates the most eminent progression of creativity and sensibility merged by discovery.

I am the architect of my existence. My art reflects my vision and represents my values. It conveys the very essence of my being—coalescing imagination and insight, challenging all limits.

We are exploring how current and future technologies affect our senses, our cognition and our lives. Our attention to these relationships become fields of art as we participate in the most immediate and vital issues for transhumanity—extending life, augmenting intelligence and creativity, exploring the universe.

Artists, as communicators, bring together the passions, the dreams and the hopes of transhumanity and express these emotions in ways that touch us deeply. Extropic Arts reflects an appreciation of aesthetics in a technologically enhanced world.

We are voices of transhumanity. Our voices are a synthesis, rhythm and exploration of imagination.

The Extropic Art Movement regards art as more than an artifact. Art influences social and cultural change: how we live and who we are. It creates a sense of self, art as being, autonomous yet connected to culture¡¯s continuum. How we accomplish our intentions is a matter of selective individual choice— whether abstract or representational, whether artifact or conceptual. Our criteria for art remain open and we welcome cross-disciplinary innovations.

As we move into the 21st Century, Extropic Art will suffuse the universe around us. Our unique ingenuity will spread far out into the capillaries of our culture. We are active participants in our own evolution from human to posthuman. We are shaping the image—the design and the essence—of what we are becoming.

Natasha Vita-More
Written January 1st, 1997.