June 2, 2019
Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK
Roboticist Masahiro Mori proposes that a robot is considered more ‘likeable’ when it resembles human features. This correlation continues until the robot’s semblance to humans becomes nearly a parallel, but remains irritatingly imperfect: the ‘Uncanny Valley’ between artificiality and familiarity.
Uncanny Alley explores this zone of unfamiliarity within the home space. It tests how domesticity can be morphed and perverted, producing grotesque results. The artworks on show has an uncanny, disjointed feel and interrogates what we know to signify home, and how this can be problematized. Much of the art utilises everyday items, narrating a fragmented story of those objects’ owners that never feels fully finished.
Shelf: Grace Benita