Art and the concept of utopia have always shared a tenuous and even somewhat paradoxical relationship: the former seeks to make visceral images of the latter, in the process occasionally introducing imperfections into these idealised constructions. A new show at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand, however, seeks to reconcile the tensions between artistic creation and utopian thought. Among the Machines features works by 13 Australian and New Zealand artists, who examine the intersection between nature, technology and utopia.
Situating the long-term concerns of ecology alongside the optimism of utopian thought, and using the South Island of New Zealand as a major source of inspiration, the works represented in the exhibition address the future trajectories of media, machines and humans. This exhibition is the second installment in a series of collaborative curatorial projects with visiting scholars, and the gallery will be working with Dr Susan Ballard, an academic based at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Artists represented at the exhibition include , who incorporates aspects of computer programming into his work, and , whose practice revolves around the topics of psychoanalysis, memory and voyeurism.
Among the Machines runs until 3 November.
, 30 the Octagon, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
All images courtesy of the artists.