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Ars Electronica 2019 

Sept 5 - Sept 9 2019 

ATS Exhibition at Ars Electronica 2019, Linz, Austria 

Ars Electronica

Exhibition Title: Always Already Alien

The world has changed since 1969. In the fifty years since the inception of Art and Technology Studies, networked technologies have become ubiquitous—mediating nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Always Already Alien explores the societal impact of these systems by analyzing the way we relate to one another in physical and virtual spaces. Are we closer to our loved ones around the globe than the strangers we push past in the metro? Can we avoid this seemingly inevitable sense of alienation? The selected works attempt to blur the boundaries between real and virtual, speculating new forms of cohabitation that insist on the physical presence of the bodies navigating these spaces. Always Already Alien showcases work by recent graduates of the Art and Technology Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), including Yuemin Huang, Amay Kataria, Rafael Rivas, Doug Rosman, and Leah Solomon.

The first of its type in the United States, SAIC’S Art and Technology Studies department was established in 1969 with the introduction of a single course operating at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Since its inception, the program has continually pioneered the use of emerging technologies in contemporary art, developing new models of artistic practice and integrating these models into the curriculum of one of the world’s most influential art and design schools.

Curator: Duncan Bass 

Duncan Bass is a cultural critic, curator, and art historian. Current research explores the intersections of art and contemporary culture with an emphasis on the societal implications of emerging technologies and the politics of visuality. He has coordinated traditional and experimental curatorial projects for venues on a spectrum from real to virtual. Bass is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied Art History, Theory, & Criticism, and Arts Administration & Policy.