Author : Douglas Fenton

University : The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Status : MArch, 2013

Title : The Post-Human Experiment (P.H.E)

The project seeks to question and explore the role of the physical built environment as we move towards what is likely to become an increasingly non-physical age. The project explores the relationship between our architectural environments and the duality of the mind and body that experiences them; a question which is particularly pertinent in the current era where we already inhabit multiple realities and project our sense of self into virtual environments; occupying multiple locations simultaneously through disembodied presence.

The film follows one man, as he makes his way to The P.H.E. Cathedral, undergoes the process of physical transcendence, and finds himself within a realm of his digitised consciousness, where he exists entirely removed from our physical reality. Or does he?

The Post-human Experiment is an initiative founded to pioneer a revolutionary new technological and existential breakthrough. Anybody may apply, and those subsequently selected are invited to attend a P.H.E. Cathedral (of which, in this early stage, there exists only one) and undergo the process of digitisation. The cathedral itself acts as a monument – for although transcendence and singularity philosophies profess a refutation of religious ideas to do with unquestionably accepting our existence and worshiping a divine entity who has ultimate control over our lives – post- and trans-humanist philosophies are almost creating new religions in themselves, where the technology becomes the source of worship, the means and the end.