An extension of her previous two-dimensional work, “Uncanny Valley” continues to explore the relationships between humans and technology.
The term “Uncanny Valley” was originally coined in 1970s Japan by robotics professor Masahiro Mori, it describes the eerie likeness of human-like AI and robotics, often contributing to a sense of uneasiness and revulsion towards the likeness instead of affinity. Nowadays, with the rise of VR technologies, it seems to be gaining more popularity, especially as a way to describe the verisimilitude between our actual and virtual realities.
The exploration of this tension lies at the core of Erin Mitchell’s work, which consistently ponders the relationship between humans and technology.
Mitchell will transform the gallery space into an immersive installation that reanimates the idealized and commodified natural landscapes of our screensavers and desktop wallpapers. It will bring these peripheral background images to the forefront of our attention and create an entirely new experience that questions our physical and virtual understanding of space and environment. Using the human body as an intellectual and manual filter, it will demonstrate new subversive paths for agency in the digital age, ideally encouraging others to question their own relationships with personal technology and redefine their perspectives and movements within these two often competing realities.
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About the Artist:
After earning a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, Erin Mitchell’s work has been featured in a considerable number of exhibitions worldwide. Her latest solo exhibition is “Virtual Prism” at the Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco, California (2015).
Working with a wide range of media and materials such as printmaking and drawing, her works investigate the intimate relationship between human beings and personal technology. Referring to the ever-changing and expanding digital world, Erin’s works reflect her attempt in explaining how virtual activity exerts influence on our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Erin Mitchell – Uncanny Valley
Open: September 2-9, 2017, Tue-Sa 2-7pm
Exhibition Opening Reception: Sept. 1st, 6-9pm