Perfect Bodies | Rebellious Machines
E-body: International Meeting of
Art & Technology Wearable
Location: Laboratorio Arte Alameda,
Calle Doctor Mora, Centro, Mexico City
Opening Reception: Tues. March 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Press Viewing at 5 pm
Performance Evening: Wed. March 7, 2017 at 8 pm
Tiffany Trenda’s Performance at 8 pm
The advance of technology promises utopias, but increasingly people fear it will only create a better future for the lucky few. Over the years Silicon Valley has been revealed to have a problem with diversity. It is clear that the tech industry has major blind spots when it comes to creating technology that is truly inclusive for everyone.
Wearables and fashion-tech are at the frontier of the next tech revolution called the Internet of Things. Wearables, fashion-tech and e-textiles more specifically aim to digitise the space around the human body. The fashion industry has joined forces with the tech industry to transform once-geeky wearables into stylish objects of desire. Like the tech industry, the fashion industry has a history of promising utopia, the perfect body, yet delivering a culture that has created a mould that fits almost no one. Wearables and fashion-tech are often dismissed as being frivolous and not useful enough. What is often overlooked is that they have a revolutionary potential to touch deeply personal subjects such as identity, safety and privacy.
This exhibition shows the artists that recognise this potential and use it to create alternative narratives about the body and technology that highlight the shortcomings of the fashion system and tech industry. They are course correcting our visions of the future by making them more poetic, more democratic and more inclusive of different types of gender, race and ability.
The exhibition is divided into two categories: perfect bodies and rebellious machines. The perfect bodies use the language of the fashion system to critique tech culture and champion the outsiders. The rebellious machines use electronic and digital textiles as tools for empowerment: a revolutionary medium that may bring about political change.
Included are works by Viktoria Modesta, Tiffany Trenda, Anouk Wipprecht, Sputniko!, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Alexandra Murray-Leslie (Chicks on Speed), Sophie de Oliveira Barata, Saeun Kjartansdottir, Gynepunk, Xuedi Chen, Pedro Oliveira, Joachim Rotteveel (Sumsinus), Ebru Kurbak, Irene Posch, Amor Muñoz
Curator: Melissa Coleman
Co-curator and Producer: Cecilia Sánchez
Assistant curator: Andrea Zapata-Nalsen
The exhibition runs from March 7 until April 16 and is free of charge on Sundays and March 7th & 8th, $31 every other day.
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