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26 July 2012 | By: Sponsor

Superhuman @ Wellcome Collection

Superhuman @ Wellcome Collection

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wellcome Collection.

We already wear glasses and contact lenses to improve our vision. Some people enhance their bodies with cosmetic surgery, or adapt to injury with artificial limbs. What modifications, additions and enhancements might we make to ourselves in the future?

Wellcome Collection’s major summer exhibition, ‘Superhuman’, explores the history, present and future of methods to improve the body’s performance.

Coinciding with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, ‘Superhuman’ brings together over 100 artworks, artefacts, videos, photographs, comics and medical objects that record our seemingly limitless desire to be more than ourselves. From an ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe to the futuristic promises of nanotechnology and biotechnology, the exhibition takes a long view of physical and chemical enhancement and explores the science, myths and cultural reception of body extension.

‘Superhuman’ runs from 19 July to 16 October 2012 at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE. Admission is free. An independent review will follow.