ATTEMPTS AT AUTONOMY

A REACTION TO WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A BODY, A SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION BY MATTIA CASALEGNO

 

MATTIA CASALEGNO / RON ERLIH / NOELLE FITZSIMMONS / KATERINA FRIDERICI
JESSIE LAINO / MICHAEL POWELL / LAURENCIA STRAUSS / JOE WINOGRAD
 

 Attempts at Autonomy, is a group exhibition curated by Jesse Firestone and Zack Spechler in reaction to internationally acclaimed artist Mattia Casalegno’s site specific installation, What it Takes to be a Body. Prompted by the French philosopher Michel Serres’ book Variations on the Body, Casalegno’s large scale installation reflects on the idea of beauty and the fallacy of the presumed superiority of man and its machines over nature.

 

In reaction to the installation are several smaller satellite works, which are inspired by biological processes and the efforts to recreate those processes through mechanical reproduction. The results are innovative hybrid artworks that straddle the line between machine and organism. The exhibition features sculptural interventions, large scale installations, video projections, and augmented realities. Attempts at Autonomy begins to deconstruct what it means to be a bio-organism, and demonstrates ways in which artists have created bio-tech hybrid systems that are neither machine nor organism.

 

 VIP PREVIEW PARTY | 1 / 29 /2016         

OPENING | 1 / 30 /2016        

CLOSING | 2 / 27 /2016


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