The Armory ShowThe physical and the digital

The limitations of the human body versus the infinite malleability of our digital selves.

The Armory Show presents the participating artists in the 2018 Focus section, curated by Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Mia – Minneapolis Institute of Art. Examining the ways in which technology has mediated representation of the physical body and imagined its emancipation in contemporary art, the Focus section brings together 28 galleries presenting 34 artists from 18 countries, whose work spans nearly five decades of artistic practice. From a variety of intergenerational perspectives, the featured artists broadly question how technology has reimagined the physical body—as avatar, container, prosthesis, shell, surrogate, telepresence, or otherwise—as well its ongoing ramifications for understanding the evolving human condition.

“Today we live multiple lives both online and in real life with elastic identities that are seemingly boundless, open to fluid representation and constant reinterpretation via technology. But can the same be said of our physical bodies? Despite technology’s ever-quickening pace, we remain bound in many ways to our material bodies.” Gabriel Ritter

Presenting a range of works dating from the late 70s to present, Focus highlights the nuanced relationship between the physical and the digital, exploring contingent themes such as the corporatization of the internet, the limitations of the human body versus the infinite malleability of our digital selves, and technology’s continued influence on various modes of authorship, viewership, and information dissemination.

THE ARMORY SHOW
from 7.03.2019 to 10.03.2019
711 Twelfth Avenue, New York
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