>> About the Exhibition
Machine Readable is a body of work exploring the ways in which human identity and behavior is altered, flattened, and compartmentalized to fit the demands of both the algorithms and technology that pervade our everyday lives, as well as those responsible for their production. Part of an ongoing series of research-based projects, this exhibition asks us to consider the impact of our increasingly digitized way of life on how we view ourselves and others, how we shape ourselves to adhere to the rigid rules and structures required of an inflexible and binary system, and how technology ends up creating and ossifying social categories and boundaries.
As more and more of our lives have moved into virtual contexts, we have come to primarily see others through technological mediation: the lens of a camera, the flat screen of a device, the data from a web search. What has technology done to our conceptions of human interaction and agency? What do we prioritize in our everyday decision making—technology or each other? How do we learn to do what the machine asks of us, and why doesn’t it really work the other way around?
Machine Readable was on view at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA between June 11 and July 18, 2021.
>> Virtual Tour
The following projects are meant to be activated with a smartphone in the gallery. If you would like to view what they look like through a device, click below to watch recordings of the interaction.
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Works in connection with Machine Readable are available for purchase from the Vox Populi store. Support independent arts spaces and artists!