First Memorial Museum of Technology appears in "infopocalypse" at Somerset House

By Culture24 Reporter | 06 November 2013

Exhibition preview: Juneau Projects: Welcome to Happy Redoubt, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, London, until December 15 2013

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Race robots and ask questions of a Human Google at the Inigo Rooms between now and mid-December© Jana Chiellino
Positioned as the last outpost of a post-apocalyptic world in the wake of technological meltdown, Juneau Projects’ new works use robotic installations, performance and interactive elements, aiming to make the audience part of a strange universe in which they carry out tasks and trade wooden necklaces – among other assets – as currency.

A photo of a woman dealing with various elements of a colourful installation in a gallery
Artefacts can be 'earned' through tasks and craft projects© Jana Chiellino
Anyone fearing the billed craft projects will be helped by attendant “robot guardians” – professors and students from King’s College accompany them, with the stalls questioning how accepted artistic production techniques might evolve in a future, bleaker society.

It’s all inspired by sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson, who visualised an “infocalypse”. Partly a predictive concept, the Projects have delved into the expertise of performers, midwifes, neuroscientists and language departments at the college along the way.

One of their beliefs, housed in what must be the inaugural Memorial Museum of Technology, imagines everyday tech items as cultish objects of idolisation and superstition. And a Human Google stall, manned by a “revered member of the community” who answers questions in return for more necklaces, could even solve a few of the arising queries.

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A photo of small sculpted figures of a deer and a mobile phone on a table coloured pink
© Jana Chiellino
A photo of an orange and yellow clay sculpture of a comical face holding a burning candle
© Jana Chiellino
A photo of a colourful installation of small objects and robots within an art gallery
© Jana Chiellino
A photo of a woman looking at various robotic installations within a colourful art gallery
© Jana Chiellino
A photo of various small cut-out implements on a table coloured blue
© Jana Chiellino
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