Technology has made many conveniences in our lives, such as transport to get to work and computers to make work quicker once we're their. But it is not just the workplace that technology has transformed. It has changed the way we have relationships with people. We chat with our friends over the phone, email, Twitter, Skype; we find dates online, and send people e-cards. Have we lost the ability to form relationships any other way? Can we no longer interact face-to-face?
These are just some of the questions artist, Mark Davey, asks in his upcoming exhibition, GYM, which is open at the William Benington Gallery between the 3rd April - 9th May. Entry is free, and once inside, you will be able to see Davey's sculptural interpretations of man's relationship with machines. He isn't looking at fridges, TVs, and laptops, but rather at a more intimate form of machine. One that act like us.
His motorised human sculptures perform simple, but tender actions. Gaze, for example, is a long metal rod that behaves like an arm, turning on and of a light bulb by gently 'kissing' it.
The title of the exhibition is eponymous to the main highlight of the show, which displays a man and machine working together to improve their bodies and make themselves more desirable.