Thursday, Dec 04, 2014 6:00p -
Boston Cyberarts Gallery
141 Green St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Comfortable Control: Vulnerability in the Digital Age
November 8 - December 21, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday, December 4, 6pm to 8pm
Please join us for the opening reception for Comfortable Control: Vulnerability in the Digital Age, an exhibition of work by Evelyn Eastmond, Catherine Siller and Hyo-Jin Yoo, three new media artists from the greater Boston and New York areas.
Comfortable Control: Vulnerability in the Digital Age explores our inherent vulnerabilities relative to digital technology. While technology is typically characterized as being impersonal, the digital technologies surrounding us are all products of human endeavors to connect, empathize, belong, and be in control. Far from being impassive, technology has become an avenue for helping us explore emotion. Connectivity, identity, emotional resonance, comfort and rebellion are common themes throughout these works.
Catherine Siller's Inside I is a generative video work that emulates the pauses, stutters, and slip-ups that inevitably occur when we try to communicate our feelings and personal experiences. Inside I suggests technology's potential to distort our attempts at communication, or perhaps it expresses the hope that technology will eventually allow us to build new meaning into language by compiling and displaying words in a way that mirrors the complexity of our internal states. In I, want to be, normal Hyo-Jin Yoo explores how technology helps people change their physical appearance however they desire. This piece submits that the individual is chasing an idealized version of themselves based on cultural and social expectations. This self-modification is made possible through technology, but maybe it shouldn't be pursued simply because it can be done. Evelyn Eastmond's a304 1e56 / 5709 5a95 is a pair of drawings on canvas in which the artist's personal digital files are transformed into linear animations by custom computer algorithms, and then further translated by the artist into delicate charcoal sketches. In this work, technology is mimicking and blending in with the hand made and intimate
In this exhibition, technology functions as a support structure to investigate what makes us human, whether it is providing an answer or serving as a platform to react against. Comfortable Control: Vulnerability in the Digital Age, includes video installations, interactive art and analog 2D works.