Human beings are biologically programmed to evolve – to become ‘Smarter, Faster, Higher’. Technology has given us new tools with which to accomplish this end. We can potentially increase our mental capacity by simply opening a laptop. However, as far as we may seem to have come from our roots in the natural world, technology mirrors nature in the way it evolves, specifically through replication.
In collaboration with Jeff Keithline, Elizabeth Keithline proposes to exhibit an installation of full-scale woven wire trees and human figures. The installation, homage to the Terracotta Army of Xi-an Shaanxi, depicts various figures frozen in a crawl, walking, or running as they spread out across the gallery. They merge upon a ‘pool’ of computer monitors placed on the floor of the room. The monitors depict a movie of a wire figure that constantly divides, repeating over and over the idea of progress through replication.
Like Narcissus, one of the figures gazes into the pool, absorbed by the site of his image. Technology represents an opportunity for self-reflection and the potential for self-absorption. Is it an obstacle, a springboard, or both?
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