In popular media, speculation about our species' future tends to veer towards apocalypse, perhaps because people, as Rebecca Solnitt said, "have always been good at imagining the end of the world, which is much easier to picture than the strange sidelong paths of change in a world without end." In my work, I put my training as an anthropologist and an artist to the task of representing those paths. My current focus is evolutionary anthropology and our long period of coexistence with and divergence from genetically-close hominin species. What kind of societies would they have constructed in our absence? What if we had continued to coevolve up to the present? Could we understand or empathize with our hominid cousins today? Rather than definite answers for these questions, I have found hope and understanding in the asking, which I hope you will too.
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