While curating Ex Machina I feared viewers might experience an icy or emotionally detached experience through my investigation into the role of the machine in contemporary art, potentially leaving them feeling removed as one can feel from a painting behind glass, in this instance purely due to the cold-hearted nature of the machine. Fortunately the exhibition slowly began to reveal itself as a very personal experience for the viewer â€“ from these contraptions something deeply humanist has emerged and has spoken of our need for intimacy, connection and compassion. As we look to the roles that technology, robots and artificial intelligence may play in the future, there is a growing fear of human obsolescence. We may be a very long way from potential futures as imagined in science fiction, but for as long as we humans have skin, there will be a need for touch and its emotional response.
Alexander Boynes, September 2017
'Ex Machina' featuring works by Nicci Haynes, Brian McNamara, Stelarc, Pia van Gelder and Arthur Wicks, curated by Alexander Boynes