A collection of authored work and third-party inspiration materials resulting of the study of technology related phenomena.


Body without Organs

by Mo Kong
Project 01

Body without Organs

My own direction is more focus on how technology changing the human body and habits by the sensorium. treat the body or human as the landscape,and the changing of the individuals will influence the whole social structure…

  • Medium: Installation, Sculpture, Glass
  • Year: 2014

CVLT of CVTE

by José Fernández
Project 02

CVLT of CVTE

‘Cult of Cute’ is an installation piece inspired by information dissemination and cultural influence.…

  • Medium: Installation, Sculpture, Paper, Video, Projection
  • Year: 2014

Village Series 1

by Gefeng Wang
Project 03

Village Series 1

Wealthy people, including humans and machines, use big antennas and receivers as personal communicators. Antennas and receivers are extremely expensive, even the very basic model is unaffordable for un-rich people.…

  • Medium: Design, Animation
  • Year: 2013

Framework

by Gefeng Wang
Project 04

Framework

Our future is always a mystery. People expect a highly developed society but they don’t need a brave new world. Paradoxically, our demand of the progress of technology is extremely increasing while our fear of being ruined by technology is increasingly inflating as well. …

  • Medium: Writing
  • Year: 2013

Calluses Series

by Mo Kong
Project 05

Calluses Series

This is on-going work, it´s divided in 3 or 4 chapters. First chapter is tell the history of human using and develop machine. I treat the position of the calluses on the human hand as a map or landscape.…

  • Medium: Etching, Woodwork
  • Year: 2013

Snippets

a collection of quotes
Project 06

Snippets

Programmers don't coincidentally categorize their expressions in coding languages. Language is a system by which we make sense out of things, a means of abstraction associated to sound, perhaps the most primitive form of communication to our species.…

  • Medium: Writing, Research, Blog
  • Year: 2013

spiritual, transparent, kawaii, dreams


by Janet Shih
Project 07

spiritual, transparent, kawaii, dreams


Spiritual, transparent, kawaii, dreams is a triptych of images taken from online communities (specifically Tumblr) that applies the images seen linearly on online platforms into a traditional composition, calling for the process of scanning and interpretation by the audience.…

  • Medium: Installation, Printed Media
  • Year: 2013

Tech-talk

excerpts from our conversations
Project 08

Tech-talk

An intrinsic part of our group meetings are our discussions and conversations. We believe in a fluid open style in which we don’t necessarily fit to any one theme. Thus, our conversations have sometimes taken unexpected course revealing connections where we initially wouldn’t have made them.…

  • Medium: Writing, Blog
  • Year: 2013

Archive

our media collection
Project 09

Archive

A collection of links to the different audiovisual materials shared in our conversations.

  • Medium:Blog
  • Year: 2013

Mapping

drawing conclusions
Project 10

Body without Organs

In the early history of our meetings attemmpts to consolidate a direction for the group were recorded on giant paper charts. One person would speak openly about their expectations for the group and their definition of the Technological Landscape.…

  • Medium: Writing, Blog
  • Year: 2013

Space Junk

by Alyson Ogasian
Project 11

Space Junk

“Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future. They are not built for the ages, but rather against the ages. They are involved in a systematic reduction of time down to fractions of seconds,…

  • Medium: Installation, Sculpture
  • Year: 2013

Asking Technology

Tech-Land is a group of multidisciplinary artists, designers, researchers, and curators engaging with themes of social science and technology through art. We investigate everyday technologies that form and inform the multiplicity of worlds we live in today – from social networking, anomalies, control, mediation, myths and religion to political identities.

By interrogating real-world events influenced or caused by technological advancement and/or failure, we exploit the imaginative, speculate possible near futures, and position them where the poetic crosses between science fiction(s) and built realities:

“… I raise the prospect of a future society that synthesizes electronic images. Seen from here and now, it will be a fabulous society, where life is radically different from our own. Current scientific, political, and artistic categories will hardly be recognizable there, and even our state of mind, our existential mood, will take on a new and strange coloration. This is not about a future floating in the far distance. We are already on its cusp. Many aspects of this fabulous new social and life structure are already visible in our environment and in us. We live in a utopia that is appearing, pushing its way up into our surroundings and into our pores. What is happening around us and in us is fantastic, and all previous utopias, whether they were positive or negative, pale in comparison to it. That is what the following essay is about.” Vilem Flusser,Into the Universe of Technical Images

Designing a Blueprint

Our work and research include video, product, sculpture, speculative narrative, and writing. Texts play a major role in contextualizing the work and linking to “real” world situations and actors exploring similar issues in diverse mediums/fields.

These works catalyze a questioning of how technology affects our perception of past, present and future and seek to create space for audiences to reflect on the social, psychological, and cultural relationships that result of life supported and surrounded by technology.

Technology is Everything

Technology is hurtling humankind forward in unprecedented, almost otherworldly ways. From social networking tools that are enabling newer and faster worlds of communication, to medical advancements altering our mental and physical capacities - technological landscapes are, despite their artificial design - wholly and integrally human driven.

Technology is shaping aspects of individual drives, needs, and ways of building relationships but these forces are working in a constant hum of initiation and exchange. Individual desires to be heard, find sexual fulfillment, seek longevity, believe in something greater than ourselves –all are drives technology utilizes to advance, whether the aim is for profit, fun, or a shot at the eternal.

As a group, we share a multi-faceted discourse that is both inspired by and critical of themes derived from a techno-centric worldview.

About
  • Tech-Lands was founded in Providence, RI by Shona Kitchen.