The Best of Mr.Chao - A Futurologist Collection ( 2017-2018 )
The Best of Mr.Chao aims to be a visual meditation on the future, dealing with invented situations, scientific discoveries at laboratories and universities, scenes of natural and artificial life, insects and microorganisms, robots and nest fragments. Through an interdisciplinary and non-linear narrative, the series gathers photographs on a certain scope: future, nature and technology or how we can perceive reality from the idea of a 'Computable Universe'.
The intention is to show how these subjects meet and overlap in time and space, which are not determined in the series. This is because, often, the images appear to be from a distant past or part of an obsolete technology. Sometimes the images are shown within technological proposals that are still under development. And in other cases, they emerge from the imagination of the photographer about an idea of the "future".
In this game about how technology looks at a certain time, the series also discusses how nature inspires man's scientific progress. Through natural computation, experts have been using the ancestral knowledge, intelligence, organization, collective habits and the logic of swarms, with the objective of developing mechanisms that facilitate the daily life of human beings.
How a type of fungi named Slime Mold finds its food in the most accurate and efficient way have inspired many studies regarding how a 'brainless' organism can build networks as complex as the subway systems of a big city like Tokyo. Or how bumblebees, ants or cockroaches can be the inspiration for an algorithm, as well as the physical aspects of magnetic fields and spirals.
Finally, The Best of Mr.Chao attempts "to reestablish our ties to non-human beings and to help us rediscover the playfulness and joy that can brighten the dark, strange loop we traverse", as the philosopher Timothy Morton says.
The book, The Best of Mr.Chao - A Futurologist Collection was shortlisted for Unseen Dummy Award 2018.