Jun 29th 2018

Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard

@ VGA Gallery

2418 W Bloomingdale Ave, #102, Chicago, IL, 60647

Opening Friday, June 29th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, September 2nd

Curated by Chaz Evans and Brice Puls

The QWERTY keyboard is a ubiquitous object in public and private spaces, usually regarded as a means to engage with something other than itself. The history of its design stretches to the end of the 19th Century, and over the course of time its use has become naturalized for many. Despite proposals for new interfaces (touch screens, depth sensors, VR etc.) it remains a deeply familiar object, possibly the most humble and banal of peripherals.

This exhibition functions as an intervention on the everydayness of keyboards by presenting them as the site of artistic innovation. Each artist featured investigates and prods the capabilities of the keyboard to transform it from a quotidian object into a expressive interactive and visual experience; a practice that video game scholar Brian Schrank refers to as “affordance mining,” These experiments challenge our expectations of what pedestrian technologies are capable of, and in doing so also challenge the rhetorics and values embedded in technology, consumer electronics, and video game development.

Work by: RhinoStew, Triband, Brian Schrank, Devon Scott-Tunkin, Adam Saltsman & Keita Takahashi, Karina Popp, and omrii

Public viewing hours: Wednesdays 5-8pm, Sundays 12-5pm

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