Vancouver

Ghosts of the Machine

  • June 3, 2022 - August 14, 2022
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: The Polygon Gallery
  • Address:
  • 101 Carrie Cates Court
  • North Vancouver, BC V7M3J4

The Polygon Gallery presents Ghosts of the Machine from June 3 – August 14, 2022, a new group exhibition by curator Elliott Ramsey that looks at the relationships between humans, technology, and ecology. 

Whether browsing the internet, playing a videogame, checking social media, or wearing a VR headset, users entering online spheres assume they are stepping away from reality. Why are digital experiences so often thought of as existing outside of real life?

The international group of artists in Ghosts of the Machine reminds us that despite its otherworldly lustre, cyberspace cannot be separated from the “real world”. It is an extension of our societies, economy, and ecosphere. Through the glowing interfaces associated with digital media, these artists constantly point back to the world offline. By defying the imaginary boundary between online and offline worlds, they slip across other made-up binaries: between human versus nonhuman, technology versus nature. They reveal how these things do not exist in opposition to each other, but are in fact continuous and fluidly interconnected.

Featuring work by Ho Tzu Nyen, Juliana Huxtable, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Lu Yang, Skawennati, Santiago Tamayo Soler, and T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss.

The exhibition features artists who use technology to push the limits of the medium and speak to their lived and embodied experiences. Ramsey challenges the escapist ethos of digital technology in order to the highlight the ways it can offer insights about our material, social, and environmental conditions.

For more information about the exhibition, visit thepolygon.ca/exhibition/ghosts-of-the-machine.

The Polygon Gallery
June 3 to August 14, 2022

 

Ghosts of the Machine
101 Carrie Cates Court