but why would you graffiti the quadratic formula
some thugs just want to watch the world learn
Global Space, opens at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art this Friday:
Due to the globalization of trade and the explosion of communication technologies, our money, products, and ideas have begun to move seamlessly throughout the world. Our goods are made in one country, while their computerized components are programmed in a second, advertised in a third, and orchestrated online across geopolitical boundaries. Our place in the tangible world has become more abstract as we scramble to define our role within this global web. This show asks how our increasingly interconnected world has changed the making of products and, more importantly, how these global relationships are affecting us as human beings.
Global Space brings together artwork defined by and created within the liminal spaces made possible through these growing global networks. How do we relate to the robotic use of human labor, both in factories and with online platforms such as Mechanical Turk, not to mention, the internet’s ephemeral cloud and crowd, and the simultaneously accessible and yet unfathomable amount of content online? In ancient history artisans had little choice but to use the clay and wood they could find nearby. The internet has presented us with a leap of communication technology of unprecedented magnitude. The artists in Global Space provide insights into how we might navigate and decipher these emerging territories and questions.