Robert-Maurice Debois is an alien living in Paris, the creation of French photographer Brice Krummenacker. We interviewed him earlier this year about his observations of human life through the lens of social media, where he said, “Humans are the servants of cats and the slaves of their phones! The human being is capable of the best and of the worst, and at the moment it’s of the worst.” Looking back over the stories on Casimir in 2016, ‘the human experience’ reveals itself as a theme we explored, from the birthplace of humanity to what our next steps as a civilisation might be, to a Trump rally in New Hampshire. We considered connection through tech in Virtual Portraits of long-distance loved ones photographed through video chat, questioned what it is about a hologram pop star that attracts millions of fans, and wondered whether there is intelligent extraterrestrial life out there: Maybe. Maybe not.
Through all this we had the opportunity to work with some hard-working, passionate photographers whose portraits gave us glimpses into their own lives or life around the world.
So before our consciousness is uploaded into silicon bodies in a post-biological future, here is a collection of human life in 2016.