Post People Possibilities
Premier Exhibition at The TechShop San Jose by Artist-in-Residence
Artist-in-Residence, Danielle Siembieda will present Post People Possibilities, an exhibition of science fiction models of what the world will look like if homosapiens no longer dominate the planet. Silicon Valley artist, Danielle Siembieda, has built small worlds that tell stories reflecting hybrid relationships among science, machines, animals, politics, nature and people. What we have been building in the 21st century sets the foundation for how we will survive in the future. Post People Possibilities is a response to Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto and is Siembieda’s vision of the future as a disparate battle between cyborg identity, hybrid species and politics.
Dates June 7 - July 3, 2013
Open 9:00 AM to Midnight, 7 Days A Week
More about the Exhibition
“A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction. Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction,” wrote Donna Haraway in her 1991 Cybrog Manifesto. We fabricate our future by selecting nodes of technology. Our choices of social configurations, biomimicry, genomic modification and political apathy will eventually determine our state of nature. If in this moment we see ourselves as superior above all species, we will soon regret our lack of attention. The method of cyborg development is political in design and we can only assume the breakdown of the true effects technology has on a global scale and how our superior identity will soon be replaced with humility. If as a species we are becoming or have become cyborgs, will we continue to identify ourselves as something other than homosapiens?
This series of work is built at the TechShop, a place where engineers, designers, makers and artists come together. “What a better place to be inspired by a portrait of the future than a place where these ideas are made into reality,” says Siembieda. The TechShop is a place where experiments are running rampant, people are building machines to build machines, and science fiction icons are etched into glass. The TechShop icon, a simple gear, is a constant reminder of our place as both machine and human. Post People Possibilities is part Maker, part machine, part nature and part TechShop.
About Danielle Siembieda
Danielle Siembieda is an art service provider and creative entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her art is human centered applications of technology, community and the environment. The end goal of all her artwork is to make the world a better place. In order to do this sheI employs categories, such as dialogic art, social practice, bio art, and institutional critique. Her approach utilizes strategies that will provoke discussion and bring forth self-awareness of artist practice as it relates to the environment. Siembieda’s most recent project, “The Art Inspector” began in 2009 as an arts service--a methodology and program to reduce the carbon footprint of art. She recently received a grant from the Silicon Valley Energy Watch to conduct energy assessments on artist’s studios and take them through an eco-art makeover. Siembieda is also on the board of the Women’s Environmental Art Directory; San Jose Public Art Advisory Committee; and she is a Media fellow at SF Emerging Arts Professionals. Siembieda has a MFA in Digital Media Art from SJSU at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media with a focus on green technologies and sustainable materials.