This week I chose to write about a very intriguing art piece. Most openings will probably start like that, but I mean the sort of intriguing that makes you wonder about humanity, about technology, about the stars, and about the future- the kind of thought topics that are never ending like the sky.
A cozy yet odd looking tinfoil shelter stood in the corner of one of our school’s art galleries. It was shiny, eye-catching, and made to look like a simple and traditional tent. At first I was befuddled, since there were a lot of people around and they were looking at something inside it. I was even more befuddled to finally be able to see the small television playing a video of a natural setting, nestled at the end of the tent. The video on the screen looked to me like a beach side setting with an open blue sky.
Then I read the label next to it. “Bridget Batch, When We Are Robots We Will Still Gaze at the Stars”. The title brought it all together. This art piece is representative of the future and how many things can change, but we will all fundamentally still be the same. Even though technology will develop and we as the human species will change- our desire to look at the night sky and natural beauty will not.
To find out more about the art piece and the artist, I delved deeper into Bridget Batch’s artist statement. Bridget Batch is interested in the unseen. She says her work “plays with belief and intuition and the worlds created in our heads”. Another major factor behind her work is that she reflects the problems with size, on the earth and in space, trying to show that some forces are too big to understand and that they affect us subconsciously. Bridget Batch utilizes these ideas and weaves them into her work. With When We Are Robots We Will Still Gaze at the Stars she explores humanity and our ability to always be awed by the cosmos.
Her website: http://www.bridgetbatch.com/