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Alter: Between Human and Non-human


Tue 17 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 18 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 19 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 20 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 21 May 2016, 12:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: m904

An exhibition of works by international artists critically addressing the post-human.

Alter is a group exhibition that asks important questions regarding the relationships between human and non-human, virtual and real in the context of the increasing digitization of our contemporary existence. The exhibition includes works by international artists who critically address the posthuman. Referencing the biomimetic ‘self’ these works often draw on neurobiology, brain imaging, neuropsychology and computational modeling. Each of these technoscientific artworks are products of a shifting collaborative process between the artist, computer scientists, neuropsychologists and/or medical practitioners.

Featuring installations, sculptures, videos and interactive works by international artists including Jane Prophet (UK/HK), Stelarc (Aus), Nina Sellars (Aus/UK), Agatha Haines (UK) and Elena Knox (Aus). Additionally, there is an interactive work created by the curator artist Deborah Lawler-Dormer (NZ) in association with Dr Mark Sagar at the Laboratory for Animate Technologies at the University of Auckland.

Artists working in connection with technoscientific practices are activating an exploration, an extension and/or an alternative to the boundaries of the body. The artworks in the show are curious in that they oscillate between character and computational representation while maintaining a dialogue concerning self identity.

This exhibition is curated by Deborah Lawler-Dormer as part of her PhD with Creative Practice specialising in Media Arts jointly supervised by NICAI, University of Auckland and the School of Art and Design at the University of New South Wales through the Universitas 21 Doctoral Scheme. Her doctoral programme has been supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award.

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