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Humanist Transhumanist: 2019 Edition - Now available as a Kindle Edition from Amazon

by Lee-Anne Raymond and Demetrios Vakras

Humanist Transhumanist - An Umbrella and Two Surrealists, was an art exhibition held by artists Lee-Anne Raymond and Demetrios Vakras in 2009 and was timed to coincide with an exhibition of the works of Salvador Dalí being held in Melbourne, Australia, at the time. The exhibition had the intention of correcting a growing misunderstanding of what surrealism is, and to return to its original principles. An original publication, "Humanist Transhumanist", was produced by the artists in 2009 to accompany their exhibition.
This 2019 publication is released on the 10 year anniversary of the original. Included is an epilogue outlining the disastrous consequences of this exhibition. It features the surreal, fantastic and symbolist art of Australian Surrealist artists Lee-Anne Raymond and Demetrios Vakras.

"Humanist Transhumanist 2019 Edition" is fully illustrated, with 30 colour and 6 b&w reproductions of the artists’ works.

This Kindle edition sold on Amazon replaces the print edition which is no longer available.


 
Sample pages from inside the Kindle edition featuring Raymond's Selene, and Vakras' medousa gammadion.

page sample


sample page


Information on the original print edition can be found here

Humanist Transhumanist 2009 the exhibition

The original 2009 publication Humanist Transhumanist was launched, or rather, was intended to be launched, on the opening of the exhibition of the same name held at what had been advertised as an "art gallery" in Melbourne.

invite card to 2009 art exhibition
invitation card from 2009 for the exhibition for which the original print edition was produced

This "exhibition" became nothing other than a denigration of our art, our artistic intent and our integrity. It has cost us around one million dollars, which includes the loss of our art studios and home, thereby effectively destroying us as artists by having destroyed our capacity to practice our art (which is more than producing drawings or digital photomontages).

During the 2009 exhibition opening the "gallery" owner/director, Robert Raymond Cripps, who, as he has come to admit, knew nothing about art, art history, art theory, took exception to elements of what was written in the publication (from which printed extracts were pinned next to the paintings they were associated with) and ordered us out of the exhibition that we had paid for in advance.

Ever since the 2009 exhibition, this same Robert Raymond Cripps has caused us continual grief. Protracted legal hearings eventually resulted in the aforementioned loss of our home, studios and reputations. We have petitioned the Human Rights Commission in Geneva over these actions that were facillitated by the Australian judiciary. At one stage in 2011 Australian telco Telstra disconnected us from the internet completely on the basis of demands made by Cripps' legal counsel. On our being dsiconnected from the internet by Telstra someone, during the cover of the disconnection, hijacked the domains vakras.com and leeanneart.com. Though eventually recovered - by the domain name registrar (Melbourne IT) who had permitted the hijacking – we were denied any information on what actually happened and why it had been allowed. And though the domain hijacking was investigated by the police nothing came of it. No information was ever made available to us. (More on the domain hijacking can be read on www.cyberrefugee.com )

An account of the outrageous actions by the "gallery" owner can be found on our websites:
Lee-Anne Raymond's account
Demetrios Vakras' account

Edited by Demetrios Vakras September 2019.


The artists' art can be found on their websites:

 

Redleg V Artists site

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