Hello World - For the Post-Human Age

Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito

poster for Hello World - For the Post-Human Age
[Image: Rachel Maclean "It's What's Inside That Counts" (2016). Commissioned by HOME, University of Salford Art Collection, Tate, Zabludowicz Collection, Frieze Film and Channel 4.]

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Closed Today (Monday)

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.(1) These are the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in “Understanding Media” with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”(2) As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings? This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes.

(1) Marshall McLuhan, “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” (1964)
(2) Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man” (1962)

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Schedule

from February 10, 2018 to May 06, 2018

Fee

Adults ¥800, Junior High School Students and under, Seniors over 65, Registered Disabled + 1 assistant free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a Public Holiday Monday, the gallery is open but closed on the following Tuesday.

Access

Address: 1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki, 310-0063
Phone: 029-227-8111 Fax: 029-227-8110

20 minute walk from the North exit of JR Mito Station. From the North exit of JR Mito Station, take the Ibaraki Kotsu bus and get off at Izumicho-itchome. The venue is 3 minute walk from there.

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