As many of you know about the Transhuman House we had open for 3 years in Provo Utah. For the first year, I curated the location and for most of 1.5 years, Matthew Lehmitz curated the location and another supporter named Bill. Alas back in November, it was closed due to not hitting financial targets. That being said the story is not over. While most of the collection (i.e. the transhuman library book collection, all the transhumanist displays and such have been distributed among several Foundation members in Washington State, we are planning on a new Transhuman House 3.0 this summer. You can make an appointment to see the collection in person if you are willing to come to Seattle (well not doing during this pandemic) and people have still been donating art and other material for the collection.
With the new Transhuman House 3.0, we are going to build a model habitat with a closed ecosystem, airlock and have the displays inside along with the mini jungle growing inside. One of the cool features from a biological standpoint which is the two sets of aquaponic systems that are connected but 180 degree’s out of phase in terms of the light cycle making the water chemistry very stable even more so than in nature. The hope is that this habitat can be set on a trailer and moved around and be again open to the public along with the library and the rest of the collections.
If you’re interested in helping let us know.
Learn more at https://House.Transhumanity.net/
David J Kelley
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(Provo) The story of the Transhuman House goes back a number of years. Starting with the Foundation looking at a location in Seattle. This location was a good quarter acre with about 2500 square foot 4 bedroom house with a two-car garage. This didn’t initially pan out due to the cost overhead and not getting enough individual renters in the 2-month window the Foundation had to populate the property.
A couple of years later and eventually in Provo Utah another opportunity came up with a smaller home came up as available for the creation of something like the Transhuman House and we had enough residents to make it work. About 6 months after the opening of the Transhuman House 1.0 we had the opportunity to move from the small 800 square foot 2 bedroom house to a 3 bedroom 1800 square foot condo that was much newer and being able to open the Transhuman House 2.0. This turned out to be the golden age of the Transhuman House so far with transhumanists being in residents for more than 2 years. From growing the Foundation library, to experiments like PlantSat 1 and the AGI Lab work the Transhuman House was a great catalyst for numerous projects.
However, the past 6 months have been a struggle financially with the resident transhumanists moving on to appointments at new roles far away and needed to study at other universities not local to the transhuman house and we were not able to find the new residents needed to keep the doors open. We had set a deadline for profitability and were not able to make the deadline so as of Sunday, December 8th, 2019 we shut the Transhuman House down and loaded the art, the books, the instrument collection and all the other parts of the Transhuman House collection into storage.
It was a bit surreal to travel back and pack things up. There were four of us and it took a couple of days to get it all into storage and it was a bit sad. We ended up having to give up the touch wall and some of the other equipment as we didn’t have the ability to move it but the most important art, displays, and books all made it into storage. I’m in the middle of creating a VR display for the project #IAmTranshuman covering the Transhuman House but sadly, for the time being, the collection is not available to the public anymore and creating the VR environment fills like a memorial in away.
That said, we have not given up and hope to open a new Transhuman House within a year. A version 3.0 but we will see…
We are actually starting to build up a bit of a shipment in the Seattle archive to send to the Transhuman House in Provo. Amoung things we were able to recover this digital painting done for the Transhuman House by Artist Richard Dover. Additionally, though we have an illuminated copy of Isaac’s Newtons book “Opticks” as well as his three-volume set of books on the mathematics of ‘Natural Philosophy’. One of the great things is that there is always new things to explore at the Transhuman House.
Recently a transhumanist artist named Blaire Ostler donated a painting from her collection of work she has done. Blaire among many things has been featured in art shows and paints in oil. This painting its another great addition to the transhumanist art collection at the Transhuman House. From Blaire’s site: Continue reading “Transhumanist Artist – Blaire Ostler”
One of our favorite projects at the Transhuman House is PlantSat1 – Growing a plant in space simulating Mars conditions. “PlantSat is a contribution to the ongoing human efforts of exploring, understanding and eventually colonizing Mars. Its goal is to study in low earth orbit the growth of a suitable plant, replicating the conditions that life will experience on Mars’ surface. These conditions include low gravity force and high solar radiation. Continue reading “PLANTSAT1 – Simulated Martian Environment”
An Altruistic Business, an institute, a museum of the future as we design it and a new home for the transhuman house… all of this is the part of the following ‘business’ plan.
One of our most exciting projects is for the Foundation Retreat (different than the Foundations Retreat they had recently at the Transhuman House) which would include a new version of the transhuman house. We did a VC Style pitch deck to explain the idea to the Foundation membership and to some people working on similar projects but wanted to share this idea with others. When we have enough funding we plan on creating this or executing on this one way or the other. Continue reading “Foundation Retreat VC Pitch Deck and Business Plan”
The reason for the Foundation Library at the ‘House’ in Utah is multi-faceted and given the nature of the importance, the Foundation places on libraries; a visit to the Foundation Facility would not be complete without a tour of the local libraries. Here are the most important ones you can visit or ‘see’. Continue reading “Touring the Libraries Around the House”
One of the great things we have been able to at the Transhuman House is the building of a Transhuman Art Collection. While some are prints a lot of it is original works of art. A lot of the work is also digital and I wanted to showcase some of my favorite bits of art and the artists. If you’d like your art showcased at the Transhuman House or contribute in any way reach out to us. Let’s start with one of my favorite artists Mr. Flox. Continue reading “The Transhumanist Art Collection at the Transhuman House”
We had another art piece acquired and put into the Transhuman House. A great oil relief called ‘Worlds Without End’ by the Artist Karl Hale. Karl is a local to the Transhuman House member of the MTA (Mormon Transhumanist Association). He is work is on display in a number of galleries and we are pleased to have this sort of Transcendent art showcased at the Transhuman House. Continue reading “Worlds Without End – Oil On Relief”