Ghosts in the Machine

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on July 27th, 2012

Henrik Olesen, The Body is a Machine, 2010.
Oil on canvas, 40 x 31 in (100 x 80 cm).
Collection Kunstmuseum Basel. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne

The latest large scale exhibition to open at New York’s New Museum is Ghosts in the Machine, an extensive survey that traces artists’ engagement and fascination with technology, and examination of the ways in which technology mediates our experience of the world. Spanning more than five decades and featuring nearly 80 artists, this ambitious project, curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari, promises to be a provocative exploration of artists’ attempts to grasp the role of technology in our society and culture, and our attempts to reconcile the technological with the natural world. While I find this subject matter fascinating, especially as our lives and relationships become increasingly influenced and negotiated by technology, I’m also intrigued by the curators’ conception of the exhibition as an “an encyclopedic cabinet of wonders.” Opting for a thematic rather than a chronological approach, the curators have juxtaposed works of art by such notable artists as Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Jack Goldstein, Richard Hamilton, Philippe Parreno, Seth Price, Bridget Riley, among many others, with non-art object by the likes of J.G. Ballard, Franz Kafka, and Fritz Kahn.

The exhibition opened last week on July 18 and will run until September 30th – if you happen to be in New York this summer Ghosts in the Machine seems like an excellent exhibition to check out. Click here for more information.


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