Big Medium presents Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Kirk Lynn and Peter Stopschinski: "147 Devices for Integrated Principles" opening day

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Big Medium presents Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Kirk Lynn and Peter Stopschinski: "147 Devices for Integrated Principles"
Hillerbrand + Magsamen, A Device to Talk with God, 2020, Archival Inkjet Print Photo courtesy of Hillerbrand + Magsamen

Big Medium presents "147 Devices for Integrated Principles" by Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Kirk Lynn, and Peter Stopschinski, featuring photography, video and sculpture and an interactive closing Zoom event.

Rooted in our society’s ever-growing desire to exercise control over our lives through various devices, "147 Devices for Integrated Principles" is informed by the artists’ experiences during Hurricane Harvey. Prior to the storm, the artists were confronted with a need to prepare a “hurricane box” with devices such as batteries, canned food, toilet paper, and bottled water. As the hurricane passed, the water receded, and their lives started to return to normal, they realized that it was actually not returning to ‘normal’ - that the feeling of being overwhelmed by many external forces still existed.

Not only was it the stress of a natural disaster, but also, divisive politics, economic pressures, and concerns with the aging of elderly parents, that brought Hillerbrand+Magsamen the idea to invent new devices for more intimate and personal problems. They turned to the concept of homo faber, or the notion that human beings can control their fate and their environment through tools. This turn of the century idea, a response to the Industrial Revolution, is as applicable today as it was then. Once again, our culture is faced with a new wave of technology that can either help us with our problems or exacerbate them.

The exhibition will be on display through February 27 by appointment only.

Event Details

When

Where

Big Medium
916 Springdale Rd. Bldg 2, #101
Austin, TX 78702

Ticket Info

Admission is free.