Scientists constantly strive to design technology to make navigating life seem simpler. But for many artists, newly developed devices and computer systems provide the fodder for novel ways to interpret the resulting conflicts between humans and machines in a rapidly changing world. In short, they’re complicating the world in a new way. The divergence between the technological and artistic takes center stage at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), where “Love of Technology,” a group show of creative tinkerers from across the globe, ponders the relationship between humans and technology while exploring the impact of continued interaction between users and operating systems. The thought-provoking show also marks the first MOCA exhibition organized by the museum’s recently appointed curator, Alex Gartenfeld, who is also serving as the museum’s interim director and chief curator. “The artists in this exhibition take apart popular technologies and reassemble them in ways that challenge our perceptions and critique established ideologies,” Gartenfeld says. “We’re especially pleased to include in this exhibition the American museum debuts of emerging international artists like Ian Cheng, Morag Keil, and Anicka Yi, advancing MOCA’s longstanding commitment to showcasing the next generation of artistic talent.” Don’t miss Yi’s new installation, confected from tempura-fried flowers, in which the artist explores how visual and sensual materials come together with language. Also making a statement is the collaboration between Ben Schumacher, who has dragged the stripped hull of an old powerboat into the museum, and the Miami- and New York-based architect John Keenen, who are launching a temporary architectural firm in MOCA’s lobby.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 26. Continues through Nov. 3, 2013
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