Maria Fernanda Cardoso: Natural aesthetics

Readers may remember Mondo 2000, the glossy magazine that was the self-proclaimed flagship of ‘‘cyberpunk, virtual reality, wetware, designer aphrodisiacs, artificial life, techno-erotic paganism and more’’ during the 1990s. As the 20th century was drawing to a close, Mondo 2000 set out to bedazzle readers with a whole new approach to being human. Technologically accelerated evolution, proclaimed the editors,‘‘is transmuting us into mind-zapping bits and bites moving around at the speed of light’’, “the brain is the primary sexual organ”, and “we are less and less creatures of flesh, bone and blood”.

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