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NEW ROMANCE 

Bringing artists from Australia and Korea whose work concepts ask it what means to be human and what it might mean in the future is the topic of discussion across the Sydney art society and the visitors at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. 

 

Drawing inspiration from science fiction, robotics, biotechnology, consumer products and social media, they offer experiences that raise questions around the idea of the posthuman; a concept that signals new understandings of humanity and a breakdown of boundaries between what we think of as natural and artificial.

The artists also reflect on issues such as hyper-consumerism and alternative futures; inviting us to consider how our relationship with the natural world is changing, through our increased ability to alter our environment and through the threat of ecological apocalypse. Several of the artists take on the role of inventor or even mad scientist; experimenting with living organisms, building strange machines and constructing artificial worlds. Some investigate how our emotions are triggered when interacting with kinetic objects, while others try to see the world from a nonhuman perspective.