Post-synthetic Morphology 1
This is an acrylic painting on heavy duty wooden backed canvas. It is 36"x48," and painted in 2013.
This painting is the first in the series Post-Synthetic Morphology. I have a blog article discussing this series. The first painting explores the concept of routine function of the system, where automatons perform routine tasks.
When the definition of the human body changes due to unlimited technology, the body and its organs might not be limited to a distinct space separate from the nearby environment. Future organ systems could occupy a wider area, fulfilling a purpose which we can only speculate about in our current time.
The awareness of an individual would not necessarily be exposed to the mechanical functioning of the organ systems. The awareness will not interact with the routine functioning of the system. An analog to this idea is how in our current state, we cannot naturally directly perceive our own internal organ systems, and many systems do not require active consideration to function. We do not have to think about breathing or digesting, it is automatic.
There is a good chance that an end-point biological entity will function automatically without any direct interaction from the consciousness, or consciousnesses. Because of the complexity of the system, complicated tasks will require completion to ensure proper function.
It is possible that automatons of limited intelligence, lacking sentience, will exist to fulfill routine tasks and maintenance upon the system of the end-point biological system. They will not interact with the actual consciousness and will exist in a mechanical state. Some of the automatons will resemble simplified humanoids as that body structure will allow superior manipulation of some environments within the end-point biological entity. The system itself will create and destroy the automatons as needed and the consciousness will be oblivious to their existence. The automatons will not have the biological resources to possess or develop free will to rebel against the system.
In the first painting of the series, there are a few automatons visible throughout. Their appendages are not completely visible. The appendages may be beneath hidden beneath layers of organs or integrated into the system itself where no there is no need for dexterous manipulation. Where they begin and end is not clear, as it depends on their purpose, which we cannot know.
The automatons lack complete structure of legs for movement, as they only move in a predetermined, definite, path. They only need specific musculature for a specific set of movements, so they do not have systems of muscles to provide for open ended possibilities.
The automatons are only vaguely distinct from their surroundings, as they are composed of the same biological material as the system itself. They move about endlessly and mechanically like the hands of a clock. They possess no individuality or awareness.
They shift throughout the congested dense environment of organ systems: tubes, cylinders, spheroids, and folds moving and manipulating, thanklessly.