9 June until 8 July 2012
Galeri Chandan @ Publika
About the Show
Since the beginning of time and civilisation, economic activities have been achieved through sheer hard work and human sweat. Even then there have been evidences that science have influenced men and the great minds. Technology progressed alongside more sophisticated thinking and that in turn, brought one civilization after another on the ways we live our lives to this day.
Today, we appreciate the ease of life technology advancement have brought us; the fast cars, the internet, together with the ability to access it with devices as small as the palms of our hands. Yet, the use of machines in our lives have far extended those we have in our homes. Their existence such as in healthcare, manufacturing, research, military and mining, are the ones we don’t necessarily appreciate fully as they are more indirect in their impacts on us. To a certain extent, we don’t think too much about them, and treat their presence as given.
And we still strive for more. The quest of perfecting artificial intelligence will surely bring on significant changes to humanity. By then scenes from sci-fi movies would no longer appear to be futuristic. Today’s unmanned drones could be joined by robot troopers, diminishing the need for humankind to fight its own battle.
Even if we don’t have superheroes flying across world continents in hot rod red and gold iron suits, recent findings have concluded that fiber optics could change the future of prosthetic technology. Artificial limbs could feel more “human” and as the technology advances, costs as always, would decrease. Imagine what that would do to those in need.
As a continuation to his works previously exhibited in Korea and Singapore last year, Mohd Al Khuzairie Ali created his army of human-machines in Platoon. If you think that ceramic is only good as potteries and utensils, this is the show that will completely change your perception towards the medium. He brings ceramic to life in a highly imaginative manner, and you are bound to be drawn by the three-dimensional expressions of how technology has a pivotal role in societies today.
For art is always meant to remind us of our surroundings, ignite the engines within us, and provoke us for a response. Should we be a bit lost, just ask Siri; she seems to have answers to all sorts.
Mohd Al-Khuzairie Ali