A Post-Human World of Cyborgs and Surveillance at London’s ICA
Warping and shifting, the future of human identity is one of the great uncertainties of our modern world.
It is the emergent social contexts of a digitized and globalizing world that a new exhibition at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, “Looks,” centers on. Identity never has been fixed or distinct, the show suggests, before considering the implications of today’s increasingly fluid and disparate existence. The issue, however, is that through exploring and channeling further into these concepts, radical output on the subject is often fragmented and testing in itself.
The exhibition’s title stems from Los Angeles-based filmmaker
Continuing with video work, a medium that is well-represented at the ICA, calls a “chimeric composition of data and flesh that flows between the sensual and the machinic.”
More immediate is Berlin-based artist
In the Lower Gallery, Scottish artist
“Looks” is a playful and powerful consideration of mass digital culture and how it impacts the ways in which new strands of identity are negotiated. It’s a provocative compendium of work, looking forward to the ever-closer post-human world, but at the same time, only conjecture, a broad brushstroke of what lies ahead.
“Looks” is on view at the ICA, London, Apr. 22–Jun. 21, 2015.
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