'a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief'
Schism was a collaborative project with concept artist Holly McGregor exploring the boundaries between photographic practice and concept art by creating characters and a narrative for the futuristic dystopian world. The concept behind Schism was the clash of two cultures who had evolved into two ideas of utopia; that of technological advancement into the realms of the transhumanism and that of a return to the Garden of Eden promise of unspoiled nature.
“Unlike the hopes of Frankenstein’s Monster, the cyborg does not expect its father to save it through restoration of the garden; that is, through the fabrication of a heterosexual mate, through its completion in a finished whole, a city and cosmos. The cyborg does not dream of community on the model of the organic family, this is a time without the Oedipal project. The cyborg would not recognise the Garden of Eden; it is not made of mud and cannot dream of returning to dust.”
'A Cyborg Manifesto' Donna Haraway 1985