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Exhibition

 

《Complete Technology》

Period
2019.8.15.
Place
Gallery 2
Attachments
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Complete Technology

 

The Complete Technology is an exhibition that examines today's innovative technological changes where the fourth industrial revolution is predicted after the modern industrial revolution and how the principles of the change are working in our society. In addition, it aims to look at contemporary artists' artistic practice of changing technological innovation and coordinated world operations and look at critical insights into the structured reality where we live.

 

At a time when changes in the industry's keynote based on intelligent information technology such as robots and artificial intelligence are about to be realized following the existing industrial revolution that led to changes in the production system, attempts by many artists to question the reality of changes in the world and examine their contradictions and implications are inevitable challenges for contemporary artists entering the new society. Historically, art has shared the realistic foundation of technological conditions and the trajectory of art production by cooperating with the advanced technology of the day and changing and developing its form and contents, but on the other hand, art has been considering an important thesis of its own decision of direction under the conditions of production of its time as an organic part of society.

 

The spectacular development of today's technology civilization, which has made space travel feasible and the increase in productivity, can be said to be the sum total of historically acquired achievements, but on the other hand, humans have experienced a multifaceted separation and alienation between technological change and the process of technological change in operation, and have been placed in a state of long-term inequality and subservience. There are aspects of technological change and its operation that have become increasingly complex within the capitalist system that have not only made it increasingly difficult to detect or recognize such contradictions, but rather that they deliberately hide the negativity and hinder human 'self-realization' or 'human liberation' that they see as one of the ultimate goals of technological development. For example, increased productivity, urban construction, and space exploration are the achievements of the spectacular development which is the technological advance of natural governance, but behind them are social setbacks in technological development such as exploitation of labor, inequality, war, disaster, and refugee problems. Moreover, the problem seems to be accelerating rather than improving or resolving with time.

 

In this context, the Complete Technology raises two questions. Is today's technology being revolutionized for human liberation? Is the product of technological development earmarked/applied equally to all humankind? Adopted as the title of the exhibition, the Complete Technology is a metaphor of the world's conditions that will ultimately realize the challenges of human liberation and self-realization of humankind through human reason, but on the other hand, it is indicating that it is becoming the absolute means of the capitalist world to push toward the desire of capital and move toward the self-excluding of mankind.

The exhibition will consist of three main categories. First of all, it is looking at various aspects of changes in the nature, form, and structure of human labor due to changes in technology. Then we meet the presence of the structured reality; the spectacle of governance which is revealed between innovative technology and fantasy. Finally, we take a critical look at the maximized capitalistic attributes that is operated in the space industry which are the sum total of natural domination and the concentration of high technology, and the desire of the colonization amid behind it.

 

From the production lines of conveyor belts that enabled mass production systems, to Google Earth, smart monitoring cities, self-driving cars, remote security systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence and NASA space centers, artists' interests are actually wide and varied. However, the points they are paying attention to in various technological environments are not the spectacular and amazing skills themselves, but the operational processes behind them and the effects they are creating.

 

Eunhee Lee and Julien Prévieux deal with forms of labor disguised as hobbies, services, and play, or pay attention to the nature of human labor subjugated in machines. Along with that, Lawrence Lek, by making the labor environment of future technology companies meet in virtual reality, focuses on the already-realizing capitalist nature, especially fantasies about unemployment. Jeamin Cha is interested in human labor and its pathological phenomena, which still exist despite the introduction of high technology, while Minha Park and Halil Altindere talk about technological progress and its deceptive nature as the main issues. The works consist of video works and photographs that have taken on a variety of forms such as advertisements, computer games, animations and documentaries commonly encountered in our daily lives.

 

The individual works within the categories that are condensed in three will promote the exceedingly difficult thoughts between the ambivalent meanings of Complete Technology as defined earlier, while compare and contrast how technology changes and expectations of human liberation meet and conflict in today's reality across each domain. On the basis of the positive of technological development, the tireless effort to break through the negativity of the use of technology is a task left to us.

 

 

 

Trailer for Complete Technology

 

“Today’s technologies are enormous, flashy, and try to increase productivity infinitely – They always suggest a prosperous future. However, we vaguely know that they do not guarantee a ‘happy future’ for everyone. Viewers who enter the exhibition will immediately realize that they will witness the other side of technologies, which are revealed by the works in the space. In this sense, the trailer for the exhibition sets itself as the surface of the ‘complete technology’ that everyone prizes and praises, trying to fully appreciate the spectacle of technology as if it hypnotizes itself in that manner. Through the images of light that derive from different industrial fields, the trailer synthesizes ambiguous images of technology into a singular entity.”

- Eunhee Lee

 


 

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