Known for her imaginative, yet strangely familiar, lifelike hybrid creatures, Patricia Piccinini invites us to think about our place in a world where advances in biotechnology and digital technologies are challenging the boundaries of humanity. Piccinini’s fantastic hybrid beings invite us to find beauty in a world not ruled by notions of perfection.
The Gallery’s evening discussion program GOMA Talks returned during ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘. Across two evenings, ABC Radio National hosts Scott Stephens (The Minefield) and Cathy Van Extel (Big Ideas) with guest panellists explored humankind’s complicated relationship with the future we are creating.
RISE OF THE MACHINES
As we confront with the prospect of a future in which artificial technology, robotics, and advances in biotechnology are commonplace, what are our ethical obligations, both to our fellow humans, and also to our creations?
Explore the theme of relationship with the GOMA Talks panel – the nature of relationship, and the binding obligations that relationships exert upon us. Relation is at the centre of Patricia Piccinini’s work, the intermingling of human and non-human animals; the relationship of the animal to the machine; and even the animal and the machine’s relationship towards another creature.
IN OUR IMAGE
Art and culture has long been a means to grapple with humankind’s complicated emotional relationship with artificial intelligence and biotechnology. What is our fascination with creatures that are built in our own image, and how far away are we really from the creatures that we have imagined?
It’s been two decades since Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell using the process of nuclear transfer; the first isolation of human embryonic stem cells; and more recently genetic editing through CRISPR has opened up a new world of possibilities. Biotechnology is pushing the boundaries, while artificial intelligence and robotics are playing a greater role in our lives. Listen to the GOMA Talks panel as they respond to the questions: What does it mean to be human; how should we relate to our ‘creatures’; and should they have rights?
The exhibition is supported by Principal Benefactor, the Neilson Foundation, and Major Partner, Tourism and Events Queensland.
Feature image: Patricia Piccinini, Australia b.1965 / The Struggle 2017 / Fibreglass, automotive paint, leather, steel, cycle parts; ed. 1/3 + 1 AP / 200 × 240 × 120cm / Purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2018 / Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney / © The artist