Exhibition

Human Machine Interface

27 Oct 2017 – 5 Nov 2017

Event times

Opening Fri 27th October 6 - 10 pm
Duration: 27.10. - 5.11.17

Opening hours: Fri 6 - 10 pm, Sat + Su 2 - 7 pm

Cost of entry

free

HilbertRaum

Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Address

Travel Information

  • U8 & U7 Hermanplatz U7 Rathaus Neukölln

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Queens Park Railway Club presents Human Machine Interface at HilbertRaum Berlin. Featuring work by 16 UK based artists from London, Manchester and Glasgow. QPRC is an artist run gallery located in a railway station in Glasgow which hosts events, exhibitions and residencies for artists and writers.

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Artists:

John Butler
Erica Eyres
Michelle Hannah
Stewart Home
David Hoyle
Patrick Jameson
Conor Kelly
Andy Kennedy
Paul Kindersly
Ellis Luxemburg
Craig Mulholland
Mark McGowan
David Sherry
Becky Sik
Urara Tsuchiya
Joe Walsh

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We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.

This quote, often misattributed to Marshall McLuhan has been used to describe the paradigm of conventional western production and consumption, with particular reference to the way in which the intended purpose of technology (in a Marxist sense) has been re-routed, re-appropriated, commodified and used against us. Perhaps it should read,

We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools destroy us.

Or perhaps we should look to Orwell’s 1984,

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

The works in this show have been produced over a period of over twenty years. In fact many of the themes in these works relate to issues and events going back to the beginning of the post war period. The changes that the west has seen in the last two years however may well go down in history as similarly significant as the last (documented) World War.

Specifically, this show features works that were made both before and after Brexit and Trump. None of the works are overtly illustrative of the current situation but they point to a sense of rising anxiety in society, the decline of the west, asset stripping, bureaucratic power and the shift from ideology to consensus as a key motivation in politics.

It has been said that technology plays an important role in the make up of human identity and while technology is itself a tool of our own making, we still possess the power to subvert it’s progress.

Curators

Queens Park Railway Club

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