Chinese Arts Centre is proud to present a newly commissioned exhibition Human Error by a London based design collective Household and Dario Utreras. The exhibition takes place from 19 February to 30 April 2011.
Household was set up by George Wu and Sarah Gottlieb in 2008. The design collective create work with a number of other artists and designers on various projects. For Human Error here at Chinese Arts Centre they will be working with previous Household member Dario Utreras. The variety of their backgrounds has led to Household’s emphasis on collaboration across diverse disciplines with a focus on the exchanging of ideas and skills through collaboration. Their work ranges from print, book publishing, exhibition design, film, events to educational workshops.
For the exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre, Household will create works that explore the relationship between machines and their users. The smooth operation of our daily lives relies heavily on the assistance of various machines. Technology makes our life easy but frustrates us when it lets us down. The exhibition highlights our reliance on machines to complete daily tasks and emphasises the potential for human error.
The artists have a specific interest in the use of machines in mass production; photocopiers, printers and scanners, which all work to speed up and streamline our work. We easily forget how we managed without these machines before we invented them. Household will produce large scale interactive sculptures, which invite visitors to cooperate in order to make them work. The machines will overcomplicate simple tasks and require a minimum of two or more visitors to run them, encouraging human error. Visitors are encouraged to bring friends or collaborate with other people in order to complete the tasks. The collaboration necessary to operate the machines follows the ethos of Household projects.
The machines of the exhibition:
1. The Photobooth.
2. The Scanner.
3. The Photocopier.
4. The Printer.