On March 15th, I observed the art of Joe McKay at the Brent Liewellyn Gallery. This gallery had several pieces that had a theme relating to technology in society and featured pieces that covered several mediums. Something that made the gallery engaging for the audience and promoted deeper thinking was the fact that many of the pieces were interactive. With that, it helps the audience to not only see the art but to also experience the art which could translate to the audience understanding McKay’s intentions of a deeper level.
One of the pieces that I personally found to be particularly interesting was his display where two flip phones on opposite ends of the room connected by a telegraph-like contraption, and when a button was pushed on one side of the gallery, it would cause the other phone to react. This was a thought provoking piece because it emphasised the idea of the evolution of technology. Humans have been communicating with technology for years but the medium where it happens simply evolves over time, and that change, while innately serving the same basic purpose, comes with baggage. This piece was interesting in that it juxtaposed the flip phone with a telegraph, two things that are not often thought of in the same context, though one is ancestral to the other.
Another interesting piece was a game which required players to use two computer mice. This made for a difficult but thought provoking experience. It forced people to interact with technology in an unconventional way. I’m not sure exactly what the piece meant, but the interaction was interesting and it forced me to play a game in a way that I never have before.
Ultimately, the gallery was interesting and provided viewers with interesting interactions with technology.