Human Factors examines how objects, sound and spoken word
affect the human body, its behaviour and cognitive functioning in relation to machines and their design. Given contemporary art’s proclivity for critical self-reflection and a longing for the outside, the exhibition disregards art’s faux-intent of politically soberish introspection in favour of assessing works through the concept of key performance indicators (KPI) - can a work of art demonstrate effectively that it achieves its key objectives? Would art be better off returning to formalism? The motivation is to take works based on their intent and display their viability in operating beyond just interesting perspectives, be it as objects of knowledge of simply beautiful useless things.
The works in this exhibition have been selected based on their attempted affect on the user, not based on functionality of ease, but functionality in terms of physical enhancement and cognitive edification.