Tech-Driven Exhibit Leaves Visitors Broken Up
An art exhibit designed to make oneself feel better about technology by breaking it is drawing curious folks to Astoria, Queens. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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The phrase "Wrong is strong there's nothing wrong with something wrong" is straight from one of the mouth's of the Dutch artistic duo known as JODI. It really is the best way to describe their latest, high-tech exhibition called Street Digital on display at the Museum of the Moving Image. They take technology we use everyday and "break it" to make art, though they prefer to think of it as exploiting glitches.
"Let's say to look at another side of the technology not to per definition 'break' it. So not take all technology for granted," said artist Joan Heemskerk.
From a giant LED screen smashed to pieces to a skateboard that you actually step on to post nonsensical tweets on Twitter to a wall that pulls video off of YouTube of people annihilating their personal electronics. The exhibit is designed to, perhaps, change how you view these devices that you coddle, protect, and rely on everyday seemingly as much as if not more than a fellow human being you trust.
"It's almost a rebellious act against our growing co-dependence with these new technologies, I think visitors will find it exhilarating and cathartic but an overriding message of the exhibit is also 'don't try this at home,'" said Carl Goodman of the Museum of the Moving Image.
And even if you can't physically make it to the museum developers created an app that's part of the exhibit or, actually, an app that makes you part of the exhibit.
ZYX gives you tasks to do with your mobile devices like turn around or jump 10 times and then when you do, it breaks your device like one of the screens at the exhibit...only for a few seconds though. The app is for iOS devices and costs $1.99.