Arc

'Difference Engine' 29 June – 10 August 2018

A group show co-curated by Cory Arcangel and Tina Kukielski


André Breton’s surrealist doctrine of objective chance drew inspiration from a now well-known quote by the young poet Comte de Lautréamont who tragically died at the age of twenty-four: “The chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table.” ‘Difference Engine’, a group show co-curated by Cory Arcangel and Tina Kukielski, with exhibition design by Arcangel, explores a similar conceit, ripe with the undercurrents of our twenty-first century technological narcissism set in stark contrast to its utopian possibilities. Emerging from two poles – the machine’s mechanistic logic on the one hand and the fetishistic objectivity of Surrealism at the other – the works explore several juxtapositions. The miracle and misery of the information age is explored. The beauty and grotesque of pop syncopates against a curious and contradictory surrealist imaginary. 

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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm