Exhibition “Peculiar Interfaces”

Exhibition “Peculiar Interfaces”

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15 Apr – 23 July 2023 (off Monday), 09 am – 07 pm
The Outpost
Roman Plaza Tower B1 (Floor 2), To Huu, Hanoi

From the organzier:

In realising the growth of digital media in everyday context and the lack of its discussion in the local art conversations, The Outpost seeks to introduce artworks that engage with the amplifying presence of smart machines and digital technology through our exhibition and acquisition activities. “Peculiar Interfaces” serves as an abstract to The Outpost’s long-term dedication to explore and unpack how technology is impacting our relationships to one another, and to the world around us.

“The idea for ‘Peculiar Interfaces’ struck me while I was revisiting my favourite childhood manga – Doraemon (*). Suddenly, it dawned on me that many futuristic gadgets in the four-dimensional pouch of this beloved time-traveling cyborg have now become indispensable items in our life. From free video calls to translation devices, from street maps to artificial intelligence, digital applications are becoming parts of our reality”, said curator Lê Thuận Uyên.

In a relatively short breath of time (30 years), technological marvel has had us in awe yet also created considerable anxiety. If those tools brought not only benefits but also complications for Doraemon and his friends, what would be the cultural impact of advanced technologies and the digital space on our 21st-century society?

Through the works of 08 artists and artist collectives, “Peculiar Interfaces” opens up conversations on: a hybrid reality (whereby the physical and virtual worlds increasingly intertwine); the meaning of data in the age of algorithms (rethinking text, imageries and sound in the age of meaning-making through datafication and machine learning); posthumanism (negotiating what it means to be human in the age of smart machines) as well as connection and care (unpacking the ideas of digital memory, connectivity and dialogues). And last but not least, if codes and algorithms are treated as poetic symbols, how may we understand their aesthetics?

This exhibition does not seek to present the convergence points of art and technology. Rather, it aims to examine how the amplifying presence of new technologies is impacting our relationships with one another and the world around us.

(*) Set in Japan in the 1970s, “Doraemon” tells the adventures of elementary school boy Nobita and his best friend, the time-traveling, cat-robot, Doraemon. Sent to the past from the 22nd century, Doraemon has a four-dimensional pouch in which he stores tools, inventions, and gadgets from the future to aid Nobita whenever he is faced with a problem.

The Outpost would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all individuals and organisations involved in the process of realising “Peculiar Interfaces”. This exhibition would not have been possible without the generous contribution from Hexogon Vietnam, Colección Solo, ONKAOS; long-standing partners Unios, StagePro; exhibition designer Vũ Hoàng Anh; Identity design Studio DUY; exhibition prints and merchandise production Studio Cohe; exhibition producers Dương Dương, Lê Quang Minh, Mai Minh Design & Construction, Trần Tùng, Thăng Long Co. Ltd.; and with great support from Founder Ariel Phạm and the whole team.

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