Future Perfect: Exhibition at Hygienic Art Gallery, Feb. 16-March 3

Future Perfect, an exhibition opening and reception from 4:30-9 p.m. on February 16 at the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London, features a roster of artists from around the world whose work explores the complex forces pushing and pulling our technological culture, and our own identities within it. Their work speculates on present and future fusions and intersections between our rich internal worlds, our bodies, our relationships, and the strange inner lives of artificial intelligences, data clouds and social algorithms.

Future Perfect, which runs through March 3, is being presented in conjunction with the Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, www.hygienic.org. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and is one of the features of the 16th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology organized by the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology at Connecticut College. The symposium, now in its thirty-second year, is a forum for multidisciplinary dialogue at the intersection of arts, technology and contemporary culture.

Production support for the exhibition is provided by the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology, with additional support from the College's Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Dean of the College. Further credits go to gallery director at the Hygienic Gallery, Sarah McKay; Curator Nadav Assor, assistant professor of art; and installation manager Brian Dimmock. 

For more information on the exhibition or symposium, contact cat@conncoll.edu. For gallery hours at the Hygienic Art Gallery, visit their website at https://www.hygienic.org/visit/

It is increasingly understood that our lives are pushed, pulled and interconnected by a range of intersections among multiple factors of identity and experience including: gender, culture, race, sexuality, and economic and technological contexts, among others. Through works across mediums such as virtual reality video games, social media performance, experimental documentary, interactive sculpture, locally produced audio tours, and more, the artists in the show ask and offer their own answers to questions such as:

What if our machines touch and activate us just as much as we them?
What if they could read our emotions, respond to our bodies, and perhaps try to change us back? Are they doing it already?
What if we downloaded a digital version of all the objects in the world? Where would it be stored? Are we slowly converting our planet into data? At what cost?
How will this city look, feel, and sound, in 10, 20, 100 years?
What will you do if the world ends tomorrow?

Featured artists

Angela Ferraiolo
Eunsu Kang
Erin Gee and Alex Lee 
Luis Mejico
Ricardo Miranda
Veronica Mockler
Shalev Moran, Mushon Zer-Aviv and Milana Gitzin-Adiram
Juan Pablo Pacheco
Mina Rafiee
Joyce Rudinsky
Laura Skocek and Christoph Gruber
Jack Stenner
Jeff Thompson
Jenny Vogel

January 10, 2018