Artist Nancy Baker Cahill Uses Augmented Reality to Advocate for New Methods of Kinship in a Changing Climate

Nancy Baker Cahill, CENTO, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and the Whitney Museum.

New York’s skyline doesn’t boast dragons, pegasuses, or any other mythical flying creatures. But if you visit the Whitney Museum, you might spy CENTO, a fantastical airborne being with cephalopod tendrils, rubbery manta ray wings, a machine pentagon for a head, a serpentine body, and a mycelium belly glowing with neon feathers.

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