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Gallery II

Gallery II and Black Dogs presents

Notes from Technotopia

Artistic visions of the tech-past/present/future.

16th October - 10th December 2015.

Opening hours Monday - Friday: 11am - 5pm (Thursdays until 6pm).  

Please join us for the launch event on Thursday 15th October 5pm - 8pm.

In association with Recon Festival www.reconfest.co.uk

M@BU is also hosting a series of events in association with the exhibition:

Postcapitalism and a World Without Work - Talk with Nick Srnicek plus live music from F.A.L.C.O and War Lass 

Friday 13th November, 7pm at The 1 in 12 Club

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be by Mika Taanila (screening) plus Neil Campbell / David Larcher (live performance installation) + More   Saturday November 15th, 8pm at The Delius Arts And Cultural Centre

Islam Chipsy & EEKWednesday 9th December at Fuse Art Space

 Notes from Technotopia proper

Notes From Technotopia interrogates the ways in which we think or dream about the future through past and present trends in technological development. This group exhibition gathers together works by international artists exploring obsolescenceautomationutopian and dystopian visionspolitics of laboursubjectivity and even robot football.

It’s 2015 and the future is back on the table again. It may feel like an age since our televisions were dominated by science-fiction and Space Race news events. With technology developing at dizzying speed and the threat and/or promise of machine-consciousness just around the corner, our appetite for dreams of tomorrow has returned. We live in a time that previous generations made wild predictions about, and each passing day sees these proved, disproved or surpassed. A new tech-based economy is emerging, and with it complex relations to our environment, our work, our selves and one another.

“With Black Dogs we’ve wanted to put together an exhibition with a sci-fi element for a long time, and working with Recon Festival and within University of Bradford seems like the perfect context for some artistic responses to technological themes,” comments curator Andy Abbott. “The world is developing and moving quickly at the moment and so I hope this exhibition offers some time and space for critical reflection and orientation on our relation to technology and its wider implications.”

Notes From Technotopia includes work by multidisciplinary artists and researchersfrom across Finland, Korea, Sweden and UK including Mika TaanilaRudimentThe Frozen Music CollectiveGiles BaileyShona MacnaughtonThe Free AssociationMoon Kyungwon and Jeon JoonhoMartin Smith and Raquel Meyers.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events and a publication. Co-produced with artist collective Black Dogs (black-dogs.org) and in association with Recon Festival

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