What will digital media be and do after us?
What will my laptop, phone or tablet look like in a million years?
How will our devices age or grow over time?
What could our techno-waste be, and how could we smell and feel it?
Where could electronics lead our environmental and economic policies?
Can we plan and act towards new and different futures?
Using sculpture, installation, prints and photography, Nathaniel Stern’s exhibition asks the viewer to rethink their conversations, thoughts and actions around the production, use and waste of technology. It speculates materially on what could become of our devices (phones, tablets, batteries, LCD screens, etc.) over the next decades, thousands or millions of years. Stern uses art and aesthetics to resituate, speculate, wonder and propose. He asks viewers to be curious, to imagine, to test and to play. It combines plant life with electronic waste, scientific experimentation with artistic exploration. According to Stern, the exhibition and the project are both a “seriously playful and playful intervention in the emotional relationships we have with our digital devices”.
The exhibition offers the Binghamton University Art Museum the possibility of functioning as a laboratory, inviting transdisciplinary explorations outside the frameworks of the University’s transdisciplinary areas of excellence. It also allows us to connect with Cornell University, as Johannes Lehmann, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor at the School of Integrative Plant Science, is a collaborator on Stern’s project. The exhibition addresses issues of climate change, alternative fuels, compostable plastics, carbon sequestration through Stern’s artistic practice and collaborations. This is an exhibition and program that would provide us with ways to think collaboratively and investigate the ways in which artistic production and aesthetics can work alongside science and engineering in these investigations, and not just in a complementary role.
Generous support for this exhibition is provided by IBM located in Endicott, NY
Three exhibitions will also open on January 27: Big Prints: Techniques and technologies; The materiality of medieval manuscripts; and topographies: evolution of conceptions of the American landscape; and three exhibitions curated by students: Black Imagination Patterns; Miseries and misfortunes: how Jacques Callot criticized the war; and Red and Black to White and Blue: The Transformation of the Classic Vase.
For details on upcoming programming, see the Art Museum‘s “Events” webpage + social media.