This is what it will look like when the Earth is remade by grey goo - a broth of self-replicating nanobots that remold all matter in their own image.
Ideas that informed this piece, from the artist:
Grey Goo - hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario involving molecular nanotechnology in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all matter on Earth while building more of themselves (K. Eric Drexler coined).
"Will robots inherit the earth? Yes, but they will be our children." - Marvin Minsky
In this print can be seen: sundry atomic debris, proteins, DNA, sheets of graphite, novel synthetic molecules, forced secondary structures, viable nano-machinery parts, etc...
I'm fascinated by representations of gray goo, from Kathleen Ann Goonan's city of bees and early-twentieth century cultural muck in the novel Queen City Jazz, to the oozing citiscapes of Giacomo Costa. The curly molecules in this abstract print by Shane Hope definitely capture the essence of what Greg Bear calls "the noosphere" in his greygoopocalypse novel Blood Music.
This image is part of a show Hope is doing at the Winkelman Gallery (located at 637 West 27th Street, New York, NY) on the theme of transhumanism, called "Your Mom Is Open Source." The show ends Aug. 7.