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PERFECTION

Why do humans strive for perfection in an imperfect world?

A wave of new science and technology allows us to modify, hack and transform our lives in pursuit of our own personal perfection. By holding up a mirror to our own ideals, ​PERFECTION​ reflects on ever-changing ideas of scientific precision, body augmentation and perfect imperfection.

With growing cultural pressures to look and live in an ideal way, is striving for perfection a positive goal? Or is imperfection what sustains life and creates diversity and difference?

Through the lens of artists, musicians, mathematicians, architects, designers, psychologists and surgeons, PERFECTION explores what it means to pursue perfection in a non-perfect world.

It looks at the pursuit of perfection through Brazilian waxing, cosmetic surgery, and gene-hacking to creating the ‘perfect’ artificial intelligence-enhanced companion robot. The exhibition which originated in Science Gallery Melbourne includes work from international artists, each exploring the idea of perfection, the subjective nature of how we perceive it and what a perfect future might look like.

Highlight exhibits include:

  • World famous French artist, ​ORLAN’s​ performance piece​ OMNIPRÉSENCE​ is the s​eventh medical performance in a series of plastic surgery operations in which the artist alters her appearance to reflect the ideals of western art and cultural pressures of beauty. ​https://www.orlan.eu/
  • Can we trust algorithms to make judgements about our appearance? Australian artist Lucy McRae​’s interactive exhibit ​BIOMETRIC MIRROR​ enables visitors to scan their biometric data in order to be re-presented with a ‘perfect’ version of themselves. https://www.lucymcrae.net/biometric-mirror
  • GENETIC GYM​ b​y UK ​Adam Peacock​ looks at​ ​why we strive to be anything other than who we currently are and asks what would be the outcome if we could use current breakthroughs in genetic technology like CRISPR to augment ourselves aesthetically in pursuit of the ‘perfect’ being? ​www.adampeacock.co.uk
  • GRAHAM​ ​by Australian artist​ Patricia Piccinini​ was created as a commission by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to promote road safety. Unlike humans, GRAHAM is perfectly designed to withstand the impact force of a low speed crash (30km/h). ​www.meetgraham.com.au

PERFECTION ​which originated at Science Gallery Melbourne which is part of the Melbourne School of Design, at The University of Melbourne​ runs at Science Gallery Dublin from 21.06.19 until 06.10.19.

Full list of exhibits is now available at​ ​dublin.sciencegallery.com/perfection along with a programme of events offering a deeper dive into the theme of perfection.

PERFECTION Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Opening hours: ​Tues-Fri 11.00-19.00; Sat-Sun 12.00-18.00

dublin.sciencegallery.com/perfection

Start:
June 21 @ 11:00 am
End:
October 6 @ 7:00 pm
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Website:
dublin.sciencegallery.com/perfection
Location
Science Gallery
Pearse Street
Dublin 2, Ireland

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