Technological anxieties and joys
Paul Granjon’s new exhibition explores the joys and anxieties that surround human’s relationship with technology.
Is there a co-evolution of humans and machines? This is one of the questions that is repeatedly raised by the work of artist Paul Granjon.
Granjon makes robots and other electro-mechanical-digital devices. These machines are presented in performances, installations, or participative events where visitors are invited to contribute, learn, make and share.
He is currently interested in how creative technology is being used to approach low-impact living, electronic-waste upcycling, social dynamics for alternative futures and artificial creatures. Therefore, it is of little surprise that his next installation is a platform to reflect on these issues.
Is technology eating my brain?
Taking place within London’s Anxiety Arts Festival, “Is technology eating my brain?” is a platform for reflection, dialogue and construction.
Granjon’s seven week exhibition at Watermans will combine regular sessions with a group of local participants as he continuously presents new work in the gallery space. Participants will bring personal stories about their anxieties about technology – as well as what makes them excited by it. As a result, they will be given the opportunity to creatively deconstruct a selection of obsolete technological items.
Stories and machine parts will be the starting point for Granjon’s artworks and other creative responses. This collective work will all be presented as part of the Paul Granjon exhibition at the Watermans Gallery.
Granjon will create onsite new work that will tap into creative upcycling, automated environments, cyber-botanic symbiosis, artificial creatures and a general sense of science fiction happening.
Born in Lyon, France, in 1965, BA Fine-art in Marseille, France in 1990. He teaches part-time in Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff, UK. He directed several short films between 1990 and 1999, moved to the UK in 1995 where his focus gradually shifted to performance and robotics. Since 1999 he developed and showed internationally live performances and exhibitions with hand-made robots and songs as well as workshops, collaborations and other projects.
He was awarded a Nesta (National endowment for science technology and the arts) Fellowship (2004-2007) and was one of the artists representing Wales in the Venice Biennale 2005, where he exhibited a Robotarium. Recent work often includes home-manufacturing technologies, recycling and participation.
Exhibitions and performances since 2009 include Winzavod Arts Centre (Moscow, Russia), AD and A gallery (Osaka Japan), Chelsea Theatre (London, UK), DePlayer (Rotterdam, Holland), Brut Theatre (Vienna, Austria), MUDAM Luxemburg, Oriel Davies (Newtown, UK), Campbelltown Arts Centre (NSW, Australia), International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA, Sydney Australia), Haus für elektronische Künste (Basel, Switzerland). His work features in the collections of the Arts Council of England and MUDAM Luxemburg.
More info about Paul Granjon’s work at www.zprod.org. “Is technology eating my brain?” runs from 31st March – 3rd June 2014. Watermans Lab workshop sessions take place every Tuesday from 1 April – 13 May, 1pm to 4pm.