Gomez gives a detailed review of “Human, Soul & Machine,” now on view at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The exhibit is expansive in both size and philosophical scope, but deciphering the nature of humanity’s relationship with technology is a thread that pervades throughout, via hyperallergic:
…Human, Soul & Machine presents a wide-ranging exercise in connecting the dots — social, cultural, political, historical and economic facts and ideas that link up in various and unexpected ways. The show’s artworks and wall texts convey a wealth of information — everything from details about how the U.S. government spends taxpayer dollars to the soulful musings of Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi mystic. With apparent free-association, it documents the evolution of technology, starting with humankind’s first use of fire (in drawings by the self-taught artist Chris Roberts-Antieau), all the way through computer-chip implants that already have made cyborgs (bionic humans) of more than a few men and women around the world…
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