Exhibition

Hive Mind

2 Aug 2018 – 9 Aug 2018

Event times

12 - 6pm Mon - Fri
11am - 3pm Saturday
Closed on Sunday

Cost of entry

Free

Dundas Street Gallery

Edinburgh
Scotland, United Kingdom

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This solo show from multi-media artist Renee Rilexie “Hive Mind” addresses questions, asking what means to be human in the digital era. Posing a number of questions about identity, technology and isolation/connection stemming from our hyper connected lives.

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In this body of sculptural work, Renee Rilexie uses the human head – so often the focus of social media selfies and profile pictures – to interrogate the human condition in a digital era. The sculptures consist of blank, clone-like craniums, intricately and painstakingly embellished with thousands of metal nodes, circuit boards and charms. Each head is assembled to respond to a different ‘symptom’ of our relationship with technology, constructing an exhibition that aims to encourage us to consider how rapidly advancing digital technologies are affecting our relationships with each other and ultimately ourselves.

In this day and age it would be more convenient to digitally render and 3D print these pieces but Rilexie’s process of manually, delicately, unhurriedly handling and inserting thousands of SIM cards and over 100,000 pins into the scalps and faces of these automatons favours physical and temporal experience over convenience, and the resulting work rewards eye-contact over snap-shot. It’s slow work in the face of the scramble for super-fast connection speeds. The artist’s aim however is not to preach, but to invite a pause for thought in a richly sensual space.

The deliberate positioning and patterning of hardware on these heads opens up themes to reflection; our increasing obsession with online identity, security and password protection, the multiplication and perhaps dilution of our being. Is the contemporary human more connected or more fragmented? As we experience more moments, memories and meetings through the partition of an electronic screen.

These highly tactile sculptures, crafted with a patient dexterity prompt us to reflect on how we interact with and value the tangible over the digital, the actual over the virtual and meditation over instantaneity. 

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