Are We Not Men?
Exhibition Dates: January 11 - 28, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 14, 7-10 pm
Curated by Amelia Sechman

Root Division presents Are We Not Men? Curated by Amelia Sechman, exploring the widening disconnect between the two major players in the world of intelligence: humans and computers. Although humans created computers, the technological race is on to build a computer that can not only rival human intelligence and processing capabilities, but surpass it. The problem is that the language with which we and computers communicate is limited to the utmost simplicity - the binary code. Because of this, we continue to struggle to “humanize” computers to satisfy our philosophical and ontological questions regarding our relationships with the mighty processors. With increasing success, computers act as a way to reconsider our definitions of beauty and tragedy, friendship and loneliness, and all that makes us human. The title, in reference to H.G. Wells’ ‘Island of Dr. Moreau’ from 1896, in which beasts are given human-like, sentient qualities, proposes that the hybridization of human and computer sciences is the new ‘beast’ of the contemporary world.

The exhibition, Are We Not Men? will emphasize the failures of humans in their attempts to make humans and computers indistinguishable, revealing that ultimately the “perfect human,” whether it be made of flesh and bone, or circuits and algorithms, is the least human of all. 

Rebecca Bollinger
Lee Cody
Scott Kiernan
Tivon Rice
Evan Roth
Matthew Scullin

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday, 2-6 pm (or by appointment)

Sponsored By:

Sponsored by Trumer International


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San Francisco, CA 94110

Root Division is an arts & arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.

Root Division is supported in part by grants from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Voluntary Arts Contirbution Fund; Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, and Fleishhacker Foundation.

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