The exhibition that explores the magical world of new technology, as well as tracing its connections to the beliefs of our distant past, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, opens tomorrow (Saturday) at the De La Warr Pavilion.
Curated by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey, the show features historical and contemporary works of art, videos, machines, archaeological artefacts and iconic objects, including a 10-metre high inflatable cartoon figure of Felix the Cat.
Works by artists such as William Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Richard Hamilton, Nicola Hicks, Jim Shaw and Tøyen are displayed alongside a medieval silver hand containing the bones of a saint, an electronic prosthetic hand that connects with Bluetooth, a bisected 3D model of Snoopy showing his internal organs, and many other treasures that all share connections.
Loosely divided into four themes or scenes – the Vegetable World, Animal Kingdom, Mankind and the Technological Domain, Leckey’s exhibition is a collection of not-so-dumb things that all talk, literally or metaphorically, to each other.
Runs until October 20.