press release

Through photography, sculpture, sound, and painting, Earth Machines considers the relentless stream of new technological products in light of their underlying material precariousness and profound ecological impact. A small group exhibition that exists as both a meditation on and a snapshot of this complex subject, each work explores a different facet of the rapid production of electronics and the resulting environmental effects, from rare earth mining to the disposal of e-waste to the long-term decomposition of this detritus. Our laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets derive from and return to the earth, urgently requiring awareness and conversation regarding this cyclic process in an era marked by humanity’s permanent impact on the planet.

Artists include: Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht

Earth Machines is curated by Ceci Moss, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.