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Exhibition Launch - Digital Matters: The Earth Behind the Screen


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Please join Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art for the launch of their new exhibition, Digital Matters: The Earth Behind The Screen.

Whilst the world is increasingly dependent on digital technologies, the physical impact of the electronics we use daily is often ignored. The complex internal structures of a mobile phone or a PC require not only the extraction of natural resources but also thousands of unique parts to be manufactured and disposed of in a cycle of production that enables us to engage in the digital realm. However, as the scale and potentially harmful impact of these processes becomes greater we must ask ourselves what is the social and environmental cost of our consumer desires?

Digital Matters: The earth behind the screen is a group exhibition exploring contradictions among resource exploitation, ecological protection and technological development through artworks produced in Hong Kong, China and UK. The participating artists attempt to interrogate the material foundations of our contemporary digital universe and its related socio-political and environmental concerns. Featuring: Lin Ke, MAP Office, Ellen Pau, Dani Ploeger, Unknown Fields and Yang Yongliang.

Curated by Marianna Tsionki (Research Curator, CFCCA & University of Salford) under the aegis of Manchester Metropolitan University as part of an industry based PhD in Curatorial Practice.