press release

18.11.2017 - 26.02.2018

Ever wondered what Housewives Making Drugs and Machine with hair caught in it can look like? These are amongst the international artworks featuring in a new digital exhibition called humansbeingdigital at The Lowry in Salford.

The exhibition highlights the emotional touch point between being human and being digital. It is a sublime gathering of international art from the world of digital contemporary art practice, aimed at provoking audience reactions and emotions such as humour, fear, rejection and disgust.

The exhibition opens to the public on Sat 18 November and will run until Sun 26 February 2018.

Thomson and Craighead have bottled a fragrance based on the Bible’s descriptions of Armageddon – including blood, animal horns and burnt flesh. Visitors to the exhibition can have a sniff, while a bottle of the perfume is displayed in a specially designed velvet case.

Thom Kubli’s Black Hole Horizon, meanwhile, uses giant gramophone horns to project huge bubbles through the gallery space – transforming sound into playful three-dimensional objects that float and burst around you.

Max Dovey’s work is a Hipster Bar. To enter, the visitor’s face is scanned and only those deemed hipster enough are invited in, playing with feelings of rejection, acceptance and envy.

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “With humansbeingdigital we sought to bring together a collection of work that, first and foremost, generated an emotional reaction from our visitors. It is an international exhibition, including artists from France, Japan and South Korea – many of which have never been seen before in the UK.

“Digital art is a core strand of our programme and a field we research extensively. Few artistic genres move with the same pace as digital art – which makes each and every exhibition we curate in this area a really exciting project to present to our audiences.”