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Souls&Machines



Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Madrid

Exhibition: 26 June - 12 October
Curators: Montxo Algora y José Luis de Vicente (ArtFutura)
Coordinator: Soledad Liaño
Production: LaAgencia
Montage Design: pocaa (Irma Arribas, Joan Cuevas, Jordi Llàcer)
Light Design: Maria Güell Ordis (Lainvisible)
Curatorship Assistance: Irma Vilà i Òdena
Catalogue Design: Eduardo Szmulewicz


More information at Máquinas&Almas

"The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science"   Albert Einstein


Máquinas&Almas (“Souls&Machines”) explores the fact that, at the beginning of the 21st century, art and science move along parallel paths. And it does this through the work of a group of artists chosen for their ability to combine art, technology, mystery, emotion and beauty.

The crucial element in the new technological discontinuity is our humanity. Without it, everything else lacks meaning. Computers do not think; they replicate our thoughts. They do not feel; they replicate our emotions. As Sherry Turkle described them, they are the psychological mirror we gaze into.

“Souls&Machines” maps the main conceptual strategies and routes crisscrossing the vast, interdisciplinary territory of new media. Through disciplines like robotics, software art and social tools for the web, information visualization or biotechnologies, we encounter issues like the new dimensions of identity, privacy and control on the internet, the transformation of the concepts of property and collaboration, or the fascination for reproducing the mechanisms of life and intelligence.

The names featured in the exhibition stand at a very specific crossroads. In a way, they represent a generation of creators -not only artists- who have defined the limits of the discourse of new media, taking them beyond their speculative beginnings and constructing their strategic and linguistic bases. Their voices have grown in parallel to the expansion of the hybrid, fascinating space they inhabit.

ARTISTS:

THEO JANSEN
Strandbeest

Links: Strandbeest  . Art+Thought

SACHIKO KODAMA
Protrude, Flow 2008 / Breathing Chaos / Sculpture Garden
Links: Kodama . Protrude Flow  .  Sakamaki

BEN RUBIN / MARK HANSEN

Listening Post

Links: Ben Rubin - Ear Studio  .  Mark Hansen UCLA

DAVID BYRNE / DAVID HANSON
Song for Julio
Links: David Byrne  .  Hanson Robotics

CHICO MACMURTRIE / AMORPHIC ROBOT WORKS
Inflatable Architectural Body
Link: ARW


PAUL FRIEDLANDER
The Enigma of Light / Spinors / Wave Function / Timeless Universe

Link: Paul Friedlander

DANIEL ROZIN
Circle Mirror / Weave Mirror / Trash Mirror

Link: Daniel Rozin

DANIEL CANOGAR
Palimpsesto

Link: Daniel Canogar

 

RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER
Micrófonos, Subescultura 10

Link: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

 

VUK COSIC
History of Art for the Intelligence Community

Link: Vuk Cosic


JOHN MAEDA
Nature

Link: Maeda Studio

 

EVRU
Tecura

Links:  EvruTecura

 

PIERRE HUYGHE
One Million Kingdoms

Link: Marian Goodman

 

ANTONI ABAD
Zexe.net

Link: zexe.net

 

ANTONI MUNTADAS
On Translation: Social Networks

Links:  On Translation . The File Room 


HARUN FAROCKI
Deep Play

Link: Farocki Film

 

NATALIE JEREMIJENKO / ÁNGEL BORREGOUrban Space Station

Link: Natalie Jeremijenko

 

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