Embracing the true meaning of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin’s newest exhibit titled “Sentient Kitchen” on display in the Davis Gallery examines the convergence between technology and biology in an artistic exhibit.
As the machines that assist our lives become smarter and more architecturally complex they borrow increasingly from the biological realm which provided the inspiration for this collection, Chin explains.
“While it is the nature of the human ego to cast suspicion on a challenge to human intellect, Sentient Kitchen products offer a non-threatening environment to explore the benefits of smarter more sensitive solutions to our daily dining needs,” she says.
Chin will discuss her artwork and inspirations at the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 21. The reception will be held in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House from 6 – 8 p.m. with the artist talk beginning at 6:15 p.m. “I want to give people some background for the work because it’s a conceptual body of work and I wanted to give people a framework for understanding that,” explains Chin “I want people to come away with more than just having seen the artwork. I want them to remember and wonder what else the pieces could mean.”
The exhibit was inspired by the ways society is altering nature. For example, events and creations such as the IBM computer that competed on the Jeopardy game show against human contestants and that processed data in ways that are similar to the ways a human thinks.
“I want people to think about what these technologies could mean to us if we imagine a future where technology is challenging us and what does that mean,” Chin says.
Photography and video are the main mediums Chin uses in the collection. She builds objects from silicone and then photographs.
As an artist, Chin’s work makes humorous and ironic commentary on contemporary issues of technology and the environment. Recent projects have addressed artificial intelligence, genetically modified food, and alternative energy. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Hall of Science in New York City, Art Basel in Miami, and Canon Communication Space in Beijing.
In 2006-2007, she was granted a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue her project Alternative Alternative Energy in China and she was the 2008 recipient of the Garry B. Fritz Imagemaker Award from the Society for Photographic Education.
Chin holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. in visual art from Purdue University and an M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico.
The exhibit is sponsored by the HWS Department of Art and Architecture and will be on through Monday, Oct. 8.
Chin’s photographs and videos can be found at: sentientkitchen.com