Art used to be synonymous with paint, paper and print materials but as technology advances, so do the raw materials which artists are using to express themselves. Digital technologies influence all areas of life. From work to home, the effect of new tech can be seen everywhere. It is not surprising then that artists are embracing the evolving digital processes to make new works.
Humansbeingdigital is a show where artists make reference to the idea that human life is now influenced by digital technology. It showcases new ways to understand what it means to be human and how the technology of the future may change the way we interact, form relationships and understand what it means to be human. The show started on the 18th of November 2017 and is running until 25th February 2018. It is one not to be missed for lovers of both technology and art.
The eight pieces of artwork on display showcase different artists and a variety of styles; they each make reference to how human life is influenced by technology:
U_Joo and Lim Hee Young'sMachine with hair caught in it references the relationship people have with appearance.
Nye Thompson has an interesting piece called Backdoored, where unsecured feeds from CCTV cameras are displayed. This highlights how security recordings from around the world are not safe and how we are often being watched without realising.
Mary Maggic showcases a piece called Housewives Making Drugs, which is a cooking show depicting a future where trans people cook up hormones in the kitchen.
Max Dovey'sHipster Bar is a work which has been in the news. It is a bar which uses facial recognition to accept or reject the patron from the area based on how 'Hipster' they are. It is about belonging, rejection and also highlights how technology is often utilised to define and decide human nature.
Thomson and Craighead present a perfume based on the Book of Revelation titled Apocalypse.
Felix Luque Sanchez has created an illuminated piece of artwork. This clever installation uses junk emails as inspiration. This piece is called The Dialogue and makes you think about the amount of digital data created on a daily basis from online work.
Pascal Haudressy makes reference to the constant movement of the body using video loops in the piece Brain, Heart and Lungs .
Libby Heaney'sLady Chatterley's Tinderbot is a clever piece exploring dating. The novel Lady Chatterley's Lover is compared to writings from users of the Tinder dating app. This is one not to be missed and offers an interesting look at how romance has changed due to technology.
This exhibition is new and innovative and not to be missed. It is a free event but please note there is some adult content, so it may not be suitable for the whole family. The Gallery is open Sunday-Friday from 11am and on Saturdays from 10am. It closes at 5pm daily. The Lowry is also home to a restaurant and bar, so why not make a day of it and go for something to eat after enjoying some culture.
Make sure you add Humansbeingdigital to your to-do list and check out this impressive show before it ends.