Apparatus: The Technology of Seeing / Worldviews

Lenore Metrick-Chen's picture
September 22, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Iowa, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities, Intellectual History, Sociology, World History / Studies

Apparatus: The Technology of Seeing / Worldviews invites you to walk through seven different cultures. Rather than merely showing different period rooms, the exhibition presents a schematic view of how each culture organizes the world. A culture's style is not arbitrary but is a product of power relations, technology and communication, resulting in a unique way of seeing for every culture. This exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to see the world differently -- in seven different ways. The exhibit also reflects on the apparatus of the gallery itself in the context of globalization 

Apparatus begins with the idea that art is embedded in culture and utilizes the technology that is most powerful in its time period. When a collection of individuals becomes a society their connectedness is strengthened by the creation of a technology for communication. Even when groups in a culture vehemently disagree with one another, they share a way of seeing, which is necessary for communication to occur. In each culture, one main technology becomes the device providing the medium of cohesion that links people, objects, goals, jobs, entertainment, family groups, social class, rulers and much more. This linked web is called the cultural apparatus. The apparatus structures society from top to bottom, from center to periphery.

Apparatus will feature artwork and highlight technologies from the Gothic period, the Yoruba people in Nigeria, the Renaissance, the Ming Dynasty in China, Western Nations in the 19th century, United States Minimalism in the 1960s, and our own time period. The technology of the computer will extend our time period into suggestions of future possibilities through the inclusion of Tilt Brush, a new way to paint in 3D using virtual reality. 

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