Free tickets: https://thebookclub.eventcube.io/events/11141/exhibition-launch-its-alive-by-justin-robertson
This April The Book Club in East London will be hone to ‘It’s Alive’ an exhibition from revered DJ, musician, artist, writer and broadcaster Justin Robertson.
Continuing his exploration of various philosophical themes, his latest exhibition challenges the concept of the machine mind and our human desire for escapism through debatable notions of transcendence. It explores what it is to be human, what it is to be a conscious being and to what extent everything is ‘alive’
“We can outsource parcels of our consciousness into books, music, inventions or devices. These objects live on even after our biological frames have long decayed. We may not be identical to these objects, but nor are these objects the dead things we might think either. They are the receptacles of our wishes our desires and our beliefs. We imbue them with character, give them names, take their council, even worship them”
The works are rendered using a variety of techniques including pencil drawings, digital, oil painting and photography. Some pieces incorporate all these techniques in a process that leads from the simple to the complex, reflecting the pluralism and variety found in the natural world, where an atom can be studied on its own, but can only be truly understood as part of the whole.
The Book Club will also host some supporting culture events around the exhibition including an event with author of ‘ The Virtuous Cyborg’ Chris Bateman on the 8th May and an evening with respected music writer Joe Muggs (The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, FACT, Mixmag, Boiler Room) called Future Selves – How is Technology Changing Who I Am? in July. (more info on both of these to follow)
Soho Radio will be broadcasting from the exhibition which will also feature an evening of literature and music with Faber social.