Mark Kessell

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The New New
The New New
Serial No. 1330

Perfect Specimens

Perfect Specimens looks beneath the multi-faceted surface of human individuality to a far more fundamental identity - the identity of our species. The complete series, consisting of over 60 images, considers the entire life cycle of Homo sapiens from earliest embryo to post-mortem decay.

For both the individual and the species, the processes of becoming human (the developing fetus) and "unbecoming" human (the process by which we depart this life) define our existence.

When does the state of being human begin and end? What are the features which make us Homo sapiens? How are these characteristics similar to, or different than, other species? From a biological perspective what does it mean to be human?

Perfect Specimens offers no answers.
At Once Binary And UnifiedInfinite Perfectibility IIIPre-Face
Anonymous To HimselfGrace From IndifferencePremortalityAlmost Unspeakable
Hapax Legomenon VSimultaneously Present And ElsewhereNegative As A ChameleonSensational Disquiet
Perpetual DisunityA Mimetic EquivalentThe Original WeThe Architecture of Anxiety
A Sudden Accession Of GraceSkinless Not SelflessThe New NewA Trick Of The Light
Dancing With AbsenceA State Of Provisional RealityIn The In-BetweensA Life Sentence
The Footprint on Crusoe’s BeachThe Only Day Not Before Another IAn Edifice Of Radiant SurmiseAddendum II
Post Mortal StateIts Own InquisitorSubject To Catastrophic CareThe Intersection Of Self
Keen To Prove Its PedigreeContinuing To ActThe Emanation Of All LikenessThe Zero At The Bone