We Are Not Things borrows strategies from what the press release relays as the early-twentieth-century fervour and anthropomorphising of machines. The idea of “bachelor machines” arose after a work made by Duchamp was used to describe writers and artists at that time who were mostly “self-enclosed, useless, frictionless, and almost always male”.
The text continues that “feminist” action film Mad Max: Fury Road, and “The Future Is Female” T-shirt craze present a wholly different cultural landscape for understanding today’s bachelor machines”.
This exhibition, which includes artists such as: Andy Coolquitt, Jen Liu, New York-based jeweller and artist, Hanna Sandin, and Mika Tajima will look at today’s mechanisation used by artists to deal with the representation of the self, without relying on gender binaries.
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