7 April - 4 May
Curated by Billy Fraser, STANDBY explores the manifold effects of technology; how it’s used, its potential, its politics, its influence, its opportunity for us to dream, and its effects on human behaviour and psyche. As consumers and users, it allows us to escape, to create the new and explore the unknown, and also changes manufacturing. But with this comes anxiety, disillusion and disparity. There is a perception of the real and the virtual as a loss of self-and a potential in the future for the separation between ourselves and the digital to disappear completely. In apprehension of this scenario we find ourselves in a world of dichotomy trying to distinguish between true and false, the genuine and ironic, and science and myth.
As Generation Y we grew up without daily use of sophisticated digital technologies, and have seen its exponential rise. In this way we ourselves have experienced the dichotomy of life with and without its influence. This exhibition explores our experience and the future of what technology is yet to become.
To explore these themes to their fullest potential, STANDBY features 20 different artists using a variety of media – film, painting, sculpture, installation, sound and performance – to delve in to the numerous ways in which technology has affected our world.
STANDBY takes place at Off Quay at Republic from 7th April – 4th May and is open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm.
Entry is free.