New Romance – Art And The Posthuman

New Romance: art and the posthuman brings together artists from Australia and Korea whose works encourage us to question what it means to be human today and what it might mean in the future. It is presented in association with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.

Art Exhibition previously on at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in New South Wales, Australia.
From Thursday 30 June 2016 to Sunday 04 September 2016

New Romance  – Art And The Posthuman image

Published by M.C.A. on Thursday 31 March 2016.
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Drawing inspiration from science fiction, biology, psychology, robotics, consumer technologies and social media, they explore the idea of a posthuman encounter, reimagining our place in the world as one intelligent life-form among others. Many of the artists take on the role of ‘curious inventor’ or even ‘mad scientist’ when making their work; experimenting with living organisms, building imaginary creatures and inhabiting artificial worlds. Their creations can pull at our heart strings or raise questions about the difference between: humans and other species, organisms and machines, plants and animals, nature and culture. A number of works investigate the feelings that can arise in our interactions with kinetic objects, while others attempt to see the world from a non-human perspective.

Working across installation, performance, sculpture, video and photography, the artists in New Romance employ a wide array of technologies in their work. These range from the specialised to the everyday, from sophisticated robots to household appliances. Some artists’ utilise cinematic special effects, while others use computer-controlled LEDs or industrial fabrication methods, such as 3D printing and computer-aided design (CAD). No matter what processes are employed, the common thread linking their works is an exploration of the new kinds of encounters and relationships that are emerging today, not only amongst technologically-connected humans, but also between ‘smart’ objects, ‘intelligent’ machines and all manner of hybrid entities.

Artists include: Rebecca Baumann, Ian Burns, Hayden Fowler, Patricia Piccinini & Peter Hennessey, Sang Hyun Lee, Siyon Jin, Arian Kang, Soyo Lee, Wade Marynowsky, Kyungwon Moon & Joonho Jeon, Kibong Rhee, Giselle Stanborough, Stelarc & Nina Sellars and Wonbin Yang

Curators: Anna Davis (MCA) and Houngcheol Choi, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA).