LaTrobe University Visual Arts Centre 10 August – 4 September 2011
Through the notion of the Hybrid, this body of work explores current issues raised by science and technology. Living organisms such as plants and animals possess unique intelligence systems that allow them to adapt to new environments. Adaptation is becoming increasingly necessary, forcing us to question whether technological advances are positive or potentially threatening to our existence.
In search of perfection mankind strives for longer and better quality of life – making advances in cloning, prosthetics/organ transplants, hybrid technology and genetic engineering pertinent issues for our society. They raise discussions about the ethics of interfering with natural evolution and the effects this may have on our future world.
Eckermann sources her ideas from microscopic images found in nature. She pulls them apart, distorts, and re-arranges them into new forms or hybrids which she then transforms further through the use of light shadow and illusion. She incorporates movement into her work to create wonder and the impression that the objects are living and breathing.
Russell’s work investigates notions of reality and the virtual through the relationship between tangible and ephemeral materials. Focusing on anthropomorphic robots he intends to remove drawing from limitations imposed by the two-dimensional sheet of paper by creating three-dimensional hybrid paper sculptures. To achieve this, his work involves the hybridisation of tangible materials like paper and markers with ephemeral light introduced by a projector and lighting.
This exhibition asks: Will animals become more robotic and controllable? Will plants become more mechanical to ensure longevity and perfection?
The exhibition reflects the artists’ responses to these questions. The viewer is encouraged to actively touch, walk into and around the works in order to experience this world and hopefully to ponder what effects technological advances and human interaction may have on evolution.
See images of visitor interaction with the work Connect ‘a’ Pollen
View photos taken at the exhibition opening