Children of Prometheus
NeMe and curator Marc Garrett, cofounder and co-Director of Furtherfield have the pleasure to invite you to Children of Prometheus. The exhibition, opening on Friday, 11 October at 7:30pm at the NeMe Arts Centre investigates the landscape of a rapidly transforming world and how some of these shifts inform and affect our immediate environment.
The complex nature of the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus has inspired philosophers, authors and artists throughout many centuries and will continue to do so because of the powerful contradictions which it embodies which reflects the ongoing dualities present in both the human mind and physical existence. Acknowledging that the Promethean spirit lives on in the ambitions of science and technology, which in many cases defies the limits imposed upon humanity by nature, the post-modern Prometheus belongs to an organised world focused on the technology of the internet. This rapidly expanding domain, with its presumed ethos of democracy belies the technologies of data mining, fake data, targeted personalised advertising, etc used by global conglomerates to engineer/manipulate people’s perception via media into a state of hyper-real urgency by dislocating the individual from physical realities.
Yet despite the plethora of work in the field, there has not been any sustained attempt to think through the larger philosophical, sociological, economical, political and cultural implications of new technologies. A crucial methodology for this exhibition is to view these themes through the eyes of the artists. Children of Prometheus generates a visual discussion around this persistent narrative that is still very enmeshed into our contemporary context.
Lynn Hershman Leeson (US), Anna Dumitriu (UK), Carla Gannis US, Alan Sondheim US, Gretta Louw (AU/DE), Joana Moll (ES) and Cedric Parizot (FR), Kypros Kyprianou (CY/UK), AOS (Salvatore Iaconesi & Oriana Persico) (IT), Mary Flanagan (US), Alexia Achilleos (CY) with Egor Chemokhonenko (RU/CY), Guido Segni (IT), Marinos Koutsomichalis (GR/CY)
Opening: Friday, 11 October 2019, 7:30pm
Performance: Alan Sondheim and Azure Carter; Friday, 11 October 2019, 7:30pm
Presentations and discussion: Marc Garrett, Mary Flanagan, Alan Sondheim, Carla Gannis; Saturday, 12 October 2019, 7:30pm
Exhibition duration: 11 October – 20 December 2019
Tuesday-Friday: 17:30-20:30; Saturday: 10:00-13:00
Venue: NeMe Arts Centre (corner of Ellados and Enoseos sts. Limassol)
Image credit: Carla Gannis, The Garden of Emoji Delights Triptych (detail)