Telfair Museums continues to lead the conversation in art and technology with its 13th installment of the PULSE Art + Technology Festival. The festival will take place Jan. 23-26 at Telfair's Jepson Center.
PULSE 2020 showcases artists and creatives who demonstrate how technology can either work against us or help us solve global problems. The multi-day event invites individuals of all ages to enjoy exhibitions, screenings, lectures, workshops, and educational events. The exhibition "Machines of Futility" features interactive works that question technology's usefulness, while installations titled "Second Nature," in the museum's TechSpace, connect virtual and augmented reality and games with the natural world.
The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 with a panel moderated by PULSE curator Harry Delorme and visual artists Neil Mendoza, Alicia Eggert, and R. Luke Dubois. The artists will discuss thought-provoking topics and explain how they each use electronics as a medium to create works of art that inspire dialogue and self-reflection on our culture and the use of current technology.
"Telfair Museums is pleased to present a festival of ideas and exploration highlighting creative uses of technology," said DeLorme, Telfair's Senior Curator of Education.
From 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, the festival will exhibit STEAM projects from local schools. Youth workshops will also be available to students by advanced registration.
Both "Machines of Futility" and "Second Nature" will be on exhibit at the Jepson through July 12.
"Machines of Futility" features interactive and kinetic art by artists whose machines use humor and absurdity to question the usefulness of technology.
The exhibition includes artist Mendoza's Robotic Voice Activated Word Kicking Machine, which visualizes how machines hear or don't hear what we say. The artist's Anti-Vanity Mirror pokes at the self(ie)-obsession, turning away as the viewer attempts to look.
Eggert's clock-like work repeatedly forms the word "Now" in an impossible attempt to visualize the present moment.
Dubois's Learning Machines are vintage voting machines augmented with digital technology to present an illusion of choice. These artists demonstrate that machines and technology do not always function as planned and may function mysteriously, or even counter to our input.
"Second Nature" brings together technology-based art from Telfair Museums' permanent collection and selected new works that reference nature. Included is a new augmented reality installation by Max Almy and Teri Yarbrow that unlocks the hidden energy of an ancient oak.
For more information about the festival, including a full schedule, visit Telfair.org/PULSE.