19 July 2012 - 16 October 2012

Superhuman Trailer

An exhibition exploring human enhancement.

Glasses, lipstick, false teeth, the contraceptive pill and even your mobile phone - we take for granted how commonplace human enhancements are. Current scientific developments point to a future where cognitive enhancers and medical nanorobots will be widespread as we seek to augment our beauty, intelligence and health.

Superhuman takes a broad and playful look at our obsession with being the best we can be. Items on display range from an ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe to a packet of Viagra, alongside contributions from artists such as Matthew Barney and scientists, ethicists and commentators working at the cutting edge of this most exciting, and feared, area of modern science.

Image galleries

Image gallery

People have long ‘enhanced’ their bodies and lives, compensating for some kind of loss of function, using prostheses.

Image gallery

The sometimes-fraught relationship between the body and technology has captured the human imagination in many ways.

Image gallery

Athletes have often looked to technology and chemical enhancement to provide the 'edge' over their competitors.

Youth and Schools

Learning resource

Enhance your students' visit to our ' Superhuman' exhibition with our cross-curricular teachers' pack.