At the Chronus Art Center, Art Reflects on the Digital Revolution

At the Chronus Art Center, Art Reflects on the Digital Revolution
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Have you ever seen a sewing machine try to emulate an old-fashioned phonograph? Or an instrument attempt to witness the dawn of the universe? Greeting visitors with these strange objects are artists Ralf Baecker, Arthur Ganson, Martin Howse, Li Xuezhi, Fito Segrera and Zhang Hua who present their creations at the Chronus Art Center. Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Computers So Intriguing, So Nonsensical? summons up, through works empowered in some way by artistic and critical technologies, a sense of discontent towards the popular, fashion and the marketplace, transforming the concept of technological utility into something alienating, taking aim at the technological pervasiveness. The exhibition, in its title, borrows from a sensational event which took place in 1956 at the White Chapel Gallery in London - This is Tomorrow. Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? The poster of that exhibition, which then became emblematic of an era of prolific consumerism, was a collage created by British artist Richard Hamilton, who was inspired by the Pop Art movement across the Atlantic. As the artist explained in 1990, the collage was the synthesis of various influences that were starting to take root in post-War Great Britain. While in the mid-1950s, the evolving world was permeated by a wave of optimism, the second decade of the Twenty-First Century seems perpetually engrossed by the digital revolution, in the insatiable use of computerised machines.

Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai