Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin

Image Credit: Maggie Roberts

Aspex, The Vulcan Building, PO1 3BF

02392778080
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aspex.org.uk

Friday 05 April 2019 – Sunday 23 June 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00am-4pm

Uncanny Valley, is the term used in robotics to describe human responses of deep unease when interacting with the radical otherness of 'lifelike' robots. For this exhibition, its definition is extended to explore fictional relationships between human, animal and synthetic entities. Algorithmic intelligence, magic, plasticity, symbiotic hybrids and swamp demons all trigger an uncanny valley-like response.  Thinking about Difficult Kin, Maggie is interested in the potential for an animistic engagement with material, virtual and nonhuman life to encourage perceptual shifts towards a more entangled, abstract and porous being.

Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin comprises multimedia artworks, including a Youtube ASMR inspired audio fiction, an ambient soundscape, HD videos and a wandering sculpture/ installation made of crystals, detritus, ocean flotsam, photographic collage, laser cut stencils and fabrics.

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