An exhibition that explores extreme body modifications – from the grotesque to the beautiful – opens at The Lowry in Salford on Saturday 9th November.
The State of Us features a collection of work by ten international artists and will run until Sunday, 23 February (2020).
The exhibition will question if technological intervention has out-paced natural order and examine if humans are engineering evolution.
The artists that feature have experimented with the body and technology to transform, manipulate, reinvent or reshape how we see and understand ourselves.
Among the items on display,Art of Deception by Isaac Monte: a series of 12 hearts altered by design,.Until I Die, a sculpture that uses fake human blood to create electricity and Regenerative Reliquary by Amy Karle, the frame of a human hand grown using biotechnology.
Lucy Dusgate, curator of the exhibition for The Lowry, said: “Mary Shelley wrote in Frankenstein that the human body was a ‘workshop of filthy creation’ – and never has that statement been so accurate. Technology has enabled us to imagine the distance between truth and fantasy. It’s a fascinating topic and one we think our visitors will enjoy exploring.”
The State of Us
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Sat 9 Nov 2019 – Sun 23 Feb 2020
Sun-Fri, 11am-5pm. Sat, 10am-5pm.
Admission: Free. Donations welcome.