October 14, 2004 - February 6, 2005
Featuring works of interactive media by Brian Knep, Golan Levin, Casey Reas, and Scott Snibbe
Our understanding of the distinctions between the "natural" and "artificial" worlds is changing rapidly. Technological advances are leading to machines that are more and more autonomous, reactive, and lifelike, blurring the boundaries between the living and the nonliving and calling into question our relationships with other entities. The artists behind these interactive works are exploring this exciting and unsettling territory with pieces that challenge viewers to reconsider their notions of life, to reflect on the meanings of terms like "real" and "artificial," and to ponder the differences between using a machine and interacting with another being.
Sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Special thanks to Bitforms for their assistance with this project.