“The year is 2099. The population of the world has increased to 10.3 billion and global warming has meant that much of the earth is uninhabitable, causing extreme congestion in economically deprived areas. Artificial Intelligence is domesticated, proliferated, the need for workforce diminished. A culture of poverty is endemic and unemployment rife. The UN Environmental Responsibility Agreement includes commitments from all countries to reduce populations based on fiscal superiority and community value. Many humans are no longer needed. Abort the poor.” 

Do you have free will? Are you able to shape your world to your will? If free will is a fallacy, should our economic value and our value to society be based on this fallacy?

This fictional triptych, displayed as Augmented Reality billboard posters, is about the concept of Free Will. Working with Artists who have Down’s Syndrome we discussed the concepts of Autonomy and Heteronomy and wrote slogan poetry, performed infront of 3D volumetric cameras to create this artwork. 90% of fetuses prenatally diagnosed with Down’s syndrome are aborted in the UK. Our society encorages mothers to delete those of us who are considered an affliction to societies economic structures. This artwork tries to encourage discussion on these topics and how those how think differently from the subjective norm are devalued. Following 17th century Philosopher Baruch du Spinoza’s ideas on Monism, ‘God and Nature’, that the universe is one inherently active totality, ABORT THE POOR expresses intrinsic value in all that exists.

“...to find an analogy, we must take flight into the misty realm of religion. There the products of the human brain appear as autonomous figures endowed with a life of their own, which enter into relations, both with each other and with the human race. So it is in the world of commodities with the products of men's hands. I call this the fetishism which attaches itself to the products of labour as soon as they are produced as commodities, and is, therefore, inseparable from the production of commodities.” (Marx, Karl (1990). Capital. London: Penguin Classics. p. 165)

“this fragmentation of the object of production necessarily entails the fragmentation of its subject. In consequence of the rationalisation of the work-process the human qualities and idiosyncrasies of the worker appear increasingly as mere sources of error when contrasted with these abstract special laws functioning according to rational predictions. Neither objectively nor in his relation to his work does man appear as the authentic master of the process;” (Lukács, György (1923) History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics)

Emma Cambridge
Ophir Yaron
Peter Errington

Peter Dowes



© DYSPLA 2024
WORK ENQUIRIES +44 (0) 7917157748