Flesh Metal… Igor Verniy’s Cyborg Skulls
Over the past few decades, we have gotten closer and closer to the alloys and plastics that make up our technological counterparts. They help us connect to one another, they give us knowledge and they help us remember everything from daily tasks to historical events. Every month that goes by, the physical gap between computer and human gets smaller and smaller. Microchip implants exist, nanobots are learning to travel through our bloodstream, robots are becoming our companions and iPhones already are – so how far-fetched is a cyborg? It doesn’t seem so strange to me that human and machine will be fused, our brains housed in a body of bone and alloy. When the archaeologists of the future dig up our descendents, will they find skulls like the ones that sculptor Igor Verniy creates? His skulls defy what we think of as life and death, because their robotic components seem to animate them, even though the very symbol of human death is our bare skull. What will dying mean if we merge ourselves with a technology that doesn’t require flesh to survive? This is the question ringing in my all too human skull when I look at his cyborg creations…enjoy them below!