Have you always wanted to know what Armageddon might smell like? If the answer is ‘yes’ then pop along to the Lowry’s winter exhibition Humansbeingdigital, a show exploring the intersection between people and technology with a selection of provocative digital artworks. It is here that Thomson and Craighead present their apocalyptic perfume which takes the biblical description of Armageddon as its inspiration, and features notes of blood and animal horns. Similarly unnerving is Korean artists U_Joo+LimheeYoung’s ‘Machine with hair caught in it’ – an oddly serene and hypnotic piece, despite the obvious wince factor. Berlin-based artist and composer Thom Kubli renders sound visible in a meditative sculpture featuring suspended black gramophone horns which let out low haunting tones, and with each peel release a giant bubble. By bringing together a selection of artworks probing the space where the digital and the human meet, Humansbeingdigital asks the viewer to scrutinise their own emotional reactions to technology. And not to worry, if you’re in need of a drink after all this, Max Dovey’s Hipster Bar installation will use facial recognition software to see if you’re ‘hipster’ enough to get in.
Sat 18 Nov 2017 – Sun 25 Feb 2018, The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ. Tel: 0843 208 6000, times vary, FREE, www.thelowry.com
Published on: Sun 18 Feb 2018