Natasha Vita-More

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Natasha Vita-More
Born (1950-02-23) February 23, 1950 (age 64)[1][2]
Occupation Artist, designer, author

Natasha Vita-More (born February 23, 1950[1][2] as Nancie Clark [3][4]) is an American designer and theorist.

She is designer and author of "Primo Posthuman,"[5][6][7] a future whole body prototype. Vita-More is an instructor[8] at the for-profit[9] University of Advancing Technology (2012-current), and a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.[10] She is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Humanity+.[11]

History[edit]

Natasha Vita-More grew up in a large family in Eastchester, New York. Vita-More lived in the ski resort and film festival community of Telluride, Colorado and later Los Angeles.[12] Currently she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.[13]

Education[edit]

Vita-More received her doctorate from the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on human enhancement and radical life extension.[14] She has an M.Phil. in Media Art & Design from the University of Plymouth, a M.Sc. in Future Studies, University of Houston; and a B.F.A. in Fine Art, University of Memphis; and was filmmaker-in-residence, University of Colorado. She also holds certificates in Physical Fitness and Sports Nutrition from the American Muscle and Fitness Association.[15]

Projects[edit]

In 1983, Vita-More authored the "Transhuman Manifesto";[16] and founded Transhumanist Arts and Culture[17] 1993. She was the Chair of “Vital Progress Summit” [18] 2004, establishing a precedent for discussion of human enhancement (see Proactionary Principle). She was the president of the Extropy Institute 2002-2006.[19]

Vita-More is a lecturer on transhumanism.[7]

Practice and theory[edit]

Vita-More is a proponent of morphological freedom and enhancing human biology. To give credence to her arguments, Vita-More supports the Proactionary Principle.

In addition to academic works, she has exhibited at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brooks Memorial Museum,[20] Institute of Contemporary Art, Women In Video,[21] Telluride Film Festival [22] and United States Environmental Film Festival [23] and recently "Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age".[24]

Primo posthuman[edit]

Vita-More has argued that the fundamental issue concerning human efficacy is to improve its condition and survive. Arguing for instinctive need and desire to overcome odds such as disease, the original future human body/brain design “Primo Posthuman” is both a media design and a theoretical concept. Her “Primo Guide” gives a brief illustrated introduction.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.natasha.cc/laweekly.htm
  2. ^ a b http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2011-February/064095.html
  3. ^ http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/
  4. ^ http://www.easthigh.org/east68.html
  5. ^ http://www.kurzweilai.net/meme/frame.html?main=/articles/art0405.html
  6. ^ Baard, Erik (2006). "Cyborg Liberation Front". Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Cintra (21 October 2007). "Droid Rage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  8. ^ http://www.uat.edu/student_services/campus_directory.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.edwiseinternational.com/study-in-usa/universities/university_of_advancing_technology.asp
  10. ^ http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/bio/vitamore
  11. ^ http://humanityplus.org/about/management/
  12. ^ Heard, Alex (28 September 1997). "Technology Makes Us Optimistic; They Want To Live". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.natasha.cc/cv.pdf
  14. ^ http://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk:8080/pearl_xmlui/handle/10026.1/1182
  15. ^ http://gregladd.bizland.com/store/page1.html
  16. ^ http://www.transhumanist.biz/transhumanmanifesto.htm
  17. ^ Natasha Vita-More (2008-06-25). "Transhumanism & Transhumanist Arts for the Future!". Transhumanist.biz. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  18. ^ "Extropy Institute Contact". Extropy.org. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  19. ^ http://www.extropy.org/future.htm
  20. ^ "Memphis Brooks Museum". Brooksmuseum.org. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  21. ^ "WIFV". WIFV. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  22. ^ "Telluride Film Festival". Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  23. ^ "Environmental Film Festival". Dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  24. ^ "Evolution Haute Couture: Art and science in the post-biological age — on exhibit in Kaliningrad from today". Corporeality.net. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  25. ^ "Primo Guide". natasha.cc. 2005. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 

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