Queens Park Railway Club is pleased to announce Human Machine Interface at HilbertRaum Berlin. Featuring work by sixteen UK based artists, working in London, Manchester and Glasgow:
invited by Clemens Wilhelm
Opening Fri 27th October 6 - 10 pm
Duration: 27.10. - 5.11.17
Opening hours: Fri 6 - 10 pm, Sat + Su 2 - 7 pm
"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.
Queens Park Railway Club is an artist run gallery located in a railway station in Glasgow. The gallery has a continuing programme of events including exhibitions and events including exhibitions and residencies for artists and writers. Queens Park Railway Club exists to support and develop the work of artists who seek to create new ways of interrogating and understanding the world. We consistently bring work to the public that challenges definitions and expectations of contemporary art.
Opening: Friday, October 27, 2017
Exhibition: 27.10.2017 - 05.11.2017