Birth Sleeves?

Taken from Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon, “sleeves” is the term used for bodies that serve as a receptacle for the human consciousness. The body an individual is born with is called their Birth Sleeve.

A recurring theme in trans-humanist thinking is that one day we will be able to upload our human consciousness into a device which can then be relocated into a new body (re-sleeved), whether naturally born, modified or artificially created.

This exhibition, Birth Sleeves?, is a celebration of the opened sleeves of 7 people from across the diversity spectrum, mostly aged 50+, whose skins have witnessed and recorded their lives in a myriad of ways, some through their own choice, some resulting from bio-technological intervention but mostly from the abrasion of engaging with life as they progress through it.

Here each of us presents our sleeves for visitors to peruse and read, and perhaps consider if they would like to be re-sleeved into one of us.

Adèle Margaret Anderson, born 1952.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
A core member of Fascinating Aïda since 1984.
Kamlan Munsamy, born 1977.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
South African born photographer and motion designer – AKA – Cosmic Love Child.
Wendyl Harris, born 1962.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
One of the foremost LGBT activist in the UK – instrumental force behind OutRage! and been lobbying for LGBT rights for over 30 years – QX Magazine.
“My life changed to invisibility with my illness, and how it feels as though this art work peels through all those layers, a shifting transition if you like.”
Mappa Mundi Inscribed on the body of Martin Marston Paterson.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
The Mappa Mundi was a formative part of Martin’s childhood at Hereford Cathedral School. Originally inscribed onto a single sheet of vellum in 1320, we transcribed it onto Martin’s “skin” in 2016 as part of the Immortal Tailor project to create a new sleeve for Martin.
Martin Basil Benedict Marston Paterson, born 1977.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
Activist legal professional and historian with a passionate sense of his Europeanness. Also driven by a desire to make people understand that a damaged body does not mean a damaged mind.
Andrew James Gregory, born 1971.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
World para Polesport champion in 2019 and 2022.
Emma Lisa Rosenberg, born 1967.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
Multidisciplinary artist, scientist and performer, holding Microbiology and Genetics Honours and teaching degrees. A mother to many who performs as VJ funkcutter and with her prank rock band Anarchistwood.
Jonathan Armour, born 1961.
Medium: Digital print on silk.
The dialectic between engineer and artist continues…

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