5/03 - 26/03/2020
The question of the ways in which different forms of the existing technical and technological achievements influence and change the perception we have about ourselves, as well as our surroundings and everyday life, is the topic of the exhibition through which we present heterogeneous works of art, which, in the most direct manner, speak about some of the ongoing themes, such as biogenetic engineering, life in virtual reality, robotics, cyborgs, but also investigate the attitude towards the objects of mass production as objects of desire, without which life today could not be imagined.
Desiring Machines is the answer to our obsessive connection with objects of the digital era – mobile phones, lap tops and computers, are an inseparable part of our everyday life, while viral contents, global networks, and hyper-connected society create new social relations. Selected artworks through this exhibition explore current subjects and phenomena of the contemporary age and new technologies that changed our attitude towards body, identity and nature, while offering the viewer a unique visual experience.
The exhibition’s title Desiring Machines, unequivocally refers to the term elaborated in a more recent theory by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, but it also encourages us to think about mysterious relations between machine and body, while re-examining the point of passage between existence or non existence of the sensitive boundaries between the natural and artificial, physical and digital, fiction and reality, individual and general, private and public. The exhibition offers new insights into how “machines” have reformulated life, providing the viewers a slightly paradoxical experience of the digital realm and hybrid communication, as they are invited to use their smart phones to access a digital database of, for this purpose specially created application and browse information on the displayed works, artists and exhibition.
Maja Kolarić and Ana Simona Zelenović