Date(s) - Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Tuesday, December 31, 2013
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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October 5, 2013 – August 31, 2014
“From the dawn of civilization until 2003, humankind generated five exabytes of data.
Now we produce five exabytes EVERY TWO days… and the pace is accelerating.”
– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
The American Visionary Art Museum’s 19th original thematic exhibition, Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!, is a timely and playful examination of the serious impact of technology on our lives, as seen through the eyes of 40+ visionary artists, cutting edge futurists, and inventors. Pleasing to an audience of Nobel Prize winners and schoolchildren alike, this show asks, “Two billion personal computers later, post DNA-sequencing, are we on the road to becoming a better, healthier, happier, less warlike, human race?”
AVAM’s newest exhibition takes on its most complex subject yet: examining the rapid and ever-increasing impact of artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, genetics, 3D printing and Big Data on nearly every aspect of human life. This thought-provoking exhibit investigates technology’s influence on issues of privacy and surveillance, employment and manufacturing, longevity and health, defense and warfare, farming and food, access to global and personal information, creative invention, and entertainment. This is high stakes, new territory never before negotiated by any prior civilization. Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine, well-defined the unprecedented nature of our times: “Singularity is the point at which all the change in the last million years will be superseded by the change in the next five minutes.”
Curated by AVAM’s Founder and Director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this stirring show harnesses the enchanting visual delights of remarkable visionary artists and their masterworks. Among them: Kenny Irwin’s ROBOCHRISTMAS—glowing inside of a central black box theater at the heart of this exhibition; a selection of Alex Grey’s Sacred Mirrors; Adam Kurtzman’s full-sized Bride of Frankenstein; O.L. Samuels’ 7-ft tall Godzilla—a creation first imagined in response to the devastating use of the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Tom Duncan’s giant walk-in Headache Machine; Rigo 23’s delicate anti-drone drawings; Allen Christian’s life-sized Piano Family—a love song to string theory; Fred Carter’s massive wooden carvings—created as a warning of destruction from industry’s manipulation of nature; and much more!
AVAM welcomes visitors of all ages into a communal look forward to where much of the Sci-Fi imaginings of the past are now swiftly becoming commonplace reality. Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! is a hot-wired blend of art, science, humor, caution and hope.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller