Michael Najjar laokoon

Dimensions:
198 x 178 cm / 79 x 71 inches (framed)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar figura serpentina

Dimensions:
148 x 248 cm / 60 x 99 inch (framed)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar figura serpentina II

Dimensions:
148 x 248 cm / 60 x 99 inch (framed)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar danae

Dimensions:
198 x 148 cm / 79 x 59 inch (framed)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar hermaphrodite

Dimensions:
208 x 208 cm / 82 x 82 inch (framed)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar cryostat hssv 6-7

Dimensions:
150 x 200 cm / 59 x 79 inch

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar aging box 95+

Dimensions:
140 x 200 cm / 55 x 79 inches

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar me-2-sal-em

Dimensions:
150 x 150 cm (75 x 75 cm) / 59 x 59 inches *29 x 29 inches)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar prometheus

Dimensions:
150 x 150 cm (75 x 75 cm) / 59 x 59 inches *29 x 29 inches)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar bionic angel

Dimensions:
150 x 150 cm (75 x 75 cm) / 59 x 59 inches *29 x 29 inches)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar telematic dreaming

Dimensions:
150 x 150 cm (75 x 75 cm) / 59 x 59 inches *29 x 29 inches)

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar the sublime brain (of sherin and michael)

Dimensions:
300 x 180 cm / 118 x 70 inch

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 3. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar spare room

Dimensions:
200 x 150 cm / 79 x 59 inch

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

Michael Najjar olimpia

Dimensions:
178 x 228 cm / 70 x 90 inches

Description:
Hybrid photography, lightjet-print, sculptured wooden frame / diasec. Edition of 6. Image © Michael Najjar. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2006-2008

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Michael Najjar
bionic angel

The work series bionic angel takes as its starting point the future transformation and technological control of human evolution. Rapid development in the field of so-called “g-r-i-n technologies” (genetics, robotics, information, and nano-technologies) are changing our bodies, minds, memories, and identities, but also impact on our progeny.

These technologies all converge with the aim of enhancing human performance. Prenatal genetic determination enables children to be built to plan. Clone bodies become depositories for ersatz organs whilst manipulation of atomic structure creates new bodies which far outstrip the old ones in terms of robustness, elasticity and durability. The new bodies are adapted to the needs of the high-speed data highway. These developments based on genetic algorithms and neuronal networks mean that biological evolution can now be controlled; they open up the way to a new and superior form of existence for the human being.

Such acts of transgression were already implicit in the idealized body images of Greek mythology which the Italian Renaissance adopted us the perfect expression of radical transformation in terms of the understanding of body, mind, and science – secular man became a utopian promise.

Michael Najjar

Referring to such idealized body worlds from antiquity and the Renaissance, the work seriesbionic angel takes up themes of metamorphosis from classical Greek mythology as treated by the Roman poet Ovid. Scenarios of creatures in the throes of transformation articulate the inevitability of genetic self-creation in the future of human history. The moment of metamorphosis itself serves as the key metaphor for the technology-driven transformation of the human body in its future post human and possibly immortal existence.

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Portrait photo © Thomas Rusch Michael Najjar is a German artist, adventurer and – future astronaut. Born in 1966, he has lived and worked in Berlin since 1988. His work is shown in museums, galleries and biennials around the world. He works with Photography and Video. The focus of his work is on key elements of our modern society driven and controlled by computer and information technologies. Najjar,...