Since the post-industrial era and rise of the machines, a completely new political, economical and social order came to power in most parts of the world, forever changing the life on the planet. Inviolable human domination changed its attitude towards nature. Mass production and accumulation of capital brought to the development of new markets, colonial expansion, and creation of a new geography and map of the world. The Enlightenment thought established the basic human rights, new ethical principles and the rise of modern sciences. Theories based on experience and observation led us to rationalism, whereas medicine changed its stance towards biology and body. Today, living in the modern world, we still feel and contemplate the repercussions of these groundbreaking turns.
However the seemingly short history of machines brought us to rather interesting years of digital age, post-internet era, global networks and hyper-connected society.
The question of the ways in which different forms of the existing technical and technological achievements influence and change the perception we have about ourselves, as well as our surroundings and everyday life, is the topic of the exhibition through which we present heterogeneous works of art, which, in the most direct manner, speak about some of the ongoing themes, such as biogenetic engineering, life in virtual reality, robotics, cyborgs, but also investigate the attitude towards the objects of mass production as objects of desire, without which life today could not be imagined.
Desiring Machines is the answer to our obsessive connection with objects of the digital era - mobile phones, lap tops and computers, are an inseparable part of our everyday life, while viral contents, global networks, and hyper-connected society create new social relations. Selected artworks through this exhibition explore current subjects and phenomena of the contemporary age and new technologies that changed our attitude towards body, identity and nature, while offering the viewer a unique visual experience.
Marija Avramović & Sam Twidale
Gorana Bačevac, Adrienn Újházi
Nataša Teofilović, Boštjan Čadež
Milena Milosavljević, Gorana Bačevac, Orjen Đurić, Marija Avramović & Sam Twidale
The exhibition’s title Desiring Machines, unequivocally refers to the term elaborated in a more recent theory by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (1), but it also encourages us to think about mysterious relations between machine and body, while re-examining the point of passage between existence or non existence of the sensitive boundaries between the natural and artificial, physical and digital, fiction and reality, individual and general, private and public. The exhibition offers new insights into how “machines” have reformulated life, providing the viewers a slightly paradoxical experience of the digital realm and hybrid communication, as they are invited to use their smart phones to access a digital database of, for this purpose specially created application and browse information on the displayed works, artists and exhibition.
Text by Maja Kolarić
(1) Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guttari - Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia - University Of Minnesota Press (1983)
ARTISTS Ivana Bašić, Boštjan Čadež, Nataša Teofilović, Marija Avramović & Sam Twidale, Milena Milosavljević ,Gorana Bačevac, Adrienn Újházi, Orjen Đurić
FEATURED IMAGE Orjen Đurić
Novembar Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
A virtual tour of the exhibition is available HERE.