Louise Zhang is currently exhibiting as part of Human Jerky: meatbags through the eyes of technology. Presented at Verge Gallery, the group exhibition features work by Tully Arnot, Josh Harle, Jason Phu, Brenton Alexander Smith, Jason Wing & Louise Zhang.
Emerging technologies such as robotics move beyond abstract interaction and into direct engagement with the physical world. With them comes an explosion of domain-specific models to understand and negotiate the human body. From surgical robot models, crash test dummies, and sex robots, to automated battlefield drones and the ethics algorithms of self-driving cars, these technologies are fundamentally carnal – tasked with managing the needs, desires, values, threats, and vulnerabilities of human flesh. Their internal aesthetics are alien, frightening, and monstrous.
Art can help critique these models, exploring speculative ways of perceiving, understanding, and representing the world. In this exhibition, curated by researcher and artist Dr Josh Harle, the monstrous, alien, and frankly terrifying visions of the Human that emerging technologies use have been illustrated through these five artists’ works.
Human Jerky: meatbags through the eyes of technology runs until 22 September 2018.