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“You May not Die” Exhibit Starts December 9th in Marat Guelman’s Gallery in Moscow
Maria Konovalenko   Dec 9, 2013   Maria Konovalenko  

One of the best art galleries in Moscow is going to host the first art exhibition about radical life extension – “You may not die”. This message is addressed primarily to the artistic community, and is a proposal for cooperation – let’s stand together and convince people that we have the opportunity to stay alive.

People don’t respond well to rational arguments. Therefore, Mikhail Batin (in the picture) and Alexey Turchin decided to turn to the artists and ask them to use their expression tools to show the hope that science can change the way things have always been and combat aging and all the diseases that come along. Alexey and Mikhail have created some art pieces of their own that contain the concentrated sense, which hopefully will inspire the painters to channel this sense to the public using their unique capabilities.

“The prestigious Moscow Gallery of Marat Guelman opens an exhibition of Alexey Turchin and Mikhail Batin “You may not die” on December 9, 2013.

During the opening Mikhail Batin will give a talk on transhumanism and immortalism. The exhibition will feature the Roadmap to immortality produced by Artemy Lebedev. The exhibition runs until December 15 at Winzavod in Moscow.

Death is the worst thing that can happen to anyone. In the beginning of the XXI century, development of biotechnology, nanotech and artificial intelligence has opened prospects to stop the aging processes, and achieve victory over death. However, society does not know much about the opportunities provided by contemporary science, so the pace of fundamental research is very low. If it becomes faster, our generation could become immortal.

The meaning of Alexey Turchin’s and Mikhail Batin’s art pieces completely subdues the form. They have no artistic merit – just pure message. Urgent telegram: ” You may not die.”

Rational arguments for the necessity to extend human life do not work. Only visual images have the power to convince the collective unconscious. The artist, who will do it, will change the world.

After 100 years from Dadaism, which was the apotheosis of nonsense, the concentrated absolute sense is proposed – the most important message in the history of mankind.

The text became the main content of the painting in the second half of XX century in the style of conceptualism, but it was mostly used to express irony or protest. Now contemporary art stands as a monumental form of cartoons, which works on colliding different value systems and their mutual annihilation.

The pieces of Batin and Turchin call for a new art that carries only positive content.

They inform the public about the undeniable facts. Short abstracts of two or three words, that can not be changed or disprove, will imprint in the brain.

Radical life extension can be achieved within our lifetime, if we focus all our energy on it. This is the meaning of the statement ” You may not die.” This is both a promise and a challenge, good news and a huge responsibility. It is a necessity to abandon any prejudice for the sake of rationality and science.”

Maria Konovalenko is a molecular biophysicist and the program coordinator for the Science for Life Extension Foundation. She earned her M.Sc. degree in Molecular Biological Physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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