Organizer: Łódź Design Festival
Curator: Agata Połeć
When: 19th – 27th May
Where: Festival Centre, Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki, Tymienieckiego Str.3, B2
The title of the exhibition directly refers to the song by Talking Heads. The protagonist of the text tells about the world in which he lives - in harmony with nature, away from civilization, almost as in mythical Eden. It is not clear what caused the situation in which he found himself - was it a global catastrophe, resulting in the collapse of civilization; whether the overgrowth of the population required the necessity of moving into a natural, virgin environment. However, he remembers the times when the world was at the peak of technological development, and modern inventions made his everyday existence easier. He thinks about them with nostalgia and longs for the amenities of the past. The exhibition touches he subject of modern man's attitude to technology and the relationship that takes place between them. The technology is understood as modern inventions, more and more common robotization, automation, digitization - but also scientific achievements, biological experiments, artificial intelligence and broadly understood Internet. We are reflecting on how it affects everyday life, how it makes it easier, which can raise concerns
Is it risky to introduce automation to any area of human life? We are getting closer and closer to the times when man and robot will live next to each other, and almost every electronic device will be endowed with artificial intelligence. This vision - although exciting - makes us realize that there is a second, darker side of the technology that we are afraid of, and which leads to still unrecognized, mysterious, maybe dangerous areas. Curiosity and attraction for new technologies go hand in hand with the fear that in the end we will get lost in them, or even that we will be replaced by them.
However, it can not be denied that gigantic advances in science, and consequently in technology, bring enormous benefits to people. We treat more and more diseases, we are able to live comfortably with disabilities, we can build a house within 24 hours. The admiration for modernity, and at the same time the increasing availability of solutions causes our continuous attachment technology. We need time to reflect and critically look at how technology affects and perhaps determines human life. What will we lose if every work that requires human effort is replaced by technology? Does the work of human hands still have value in times when it can be automated? Perhaps along with the progress we will come to believe that the human effort that can be replaced - should be replaced. Won't it, however, make us helpless, doomed to technology, without which we will not be able to function?
Let's imagine a world without electricity, without the devices that surround us: computers, telephones, cars, coffee makers, without the Internet. It may seem tempting and sound like a rest from an increasingly automated reality. On the other hand, we know all too well that we would quickly begin to miss the achievements of technology that we are surrounded with on a daily basis. How quickly would we miss a microwave and how would we deal with a situation where there would be nothing but flowers?