HOW TO HUMAN
HOW TO HUMAN is a site-specific video projection that playfully explores the idea that the world will both end and then attempt to socially rebuild itself within 500 years.
During politically conservative times, there is a tendency to want “things to go back to how they were”. What would it look like for humans 500 years in the future trying to remember this present sense of reality? And how can we, at this moment, dream into the future? Gordon Lawrence once wrote, “God is dead, but dreaming remains as a vestige, a symbolic simile of the now-defunct angels of the transcendent infinite.”
Using a filming approach inspired by surrealist automatism, the work positions the unconscious mind as a predictor of the future. It playfully speculates on how human behaviour and social modelling will operate in 500 years. HOW TO HUMAN borrows from surrealist poetics and Jungian ideas of dream symbolism, as well as Vedic ideas of collective consciousness, to present an absurdist concept of the future that transcends ideas of politics and social realities. How can the ephemeral, omnipresent, and ever-shifting notions of time and consciousness interact with each other, and with us?
Billy Raffin is an Argentinian-Australian artist based in Melbourne. She works across the moving image, music, and illustration. Billy is currently an Artist in Residence with the City of Yarra and is undertaking a Masters of Art (Art in Public Space) at RMIT.