That Which Remains of Humanity, for the Random International Collective

That Which Remains of Humanity, for the Random International Collective
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Everything & Nothing is the first exhibition in Asia of the collective from London, Random International. The artists invite visitors to re-experiment and re-examine the physical spaces that represent the relationship with technology, narrating the perceptions that occur while living in an ever-increasingly automated environment. The exhibition gets its name from the video installation, Everything and Nothing (2016), which attempts to offer essential questions on the role of humanity in a technological dynamic - it documents the simultaneous decay and progress of the industrialised world in an era of unstoppable transformation. The highlight of the exhibition is the light sculpture Self and Other (2016). The work is based on the interaction of mirrored images - the visitor sees their own illuminated reflection, encased in glass panels creating a multi-layered mirror. The reflection echoes the movements and behaviours of the person, but with a slight delay; so what is seen, isn’t what is reflected live from a mirror or the static image of a photo fixed in the past, but an ambiguous place, somewhere in between. The work emphasises questions of human identity and how it can be altered by life, today and in the future. The exhibition also marks the return of Rain Room (2012) to the Yuz Museum: a constantly falling rain that can be explored without getting wet. The human presence impedes the rain from falling, creating a unique atmosphere, exploring how human relations and man and nature are always mediated by technology.
Chiara Vedovetto - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai