Curated by Ruba Katrib and artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 74 million million is an ambitious if sometimes impenetrable show that uses art to explore the technological indeterminacies of modernization. Robots and refugees, climate change and surveillance operations — the exhibition speculates on the inability of technology to understand itself and its repercussions on the environment.
If you think this framework sounds confusing, it is. SculptureCenter has organized its exhibition according to the tenets of Forensic Architecture, an emergent academic field that seeks to understand the reflexive relationship between urban environments, buildings and their media representations. A watered-down definition of a complex practice, forensic architecture advocates an advanced understanding of art and architecture as key witnesses in the prosecution of human rights, climate change, and war crimes.