“Sentient Kitchen” at Gallery 621 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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“Sentient Kitchen” at Gallery 621

Photographs and videos from Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin’s conceptual art series “Sentient Kitchen” will be on display at The Nan Boyton Gallery of Gallery 621, a non-profit contemporary art space in Tallahassee, Fla. “Sentient Kitchen” examines the convergence between technology and biology in an artistic exhibit. It is on display from September 6 through 29.

Works from Sentient Kitchen have been shown across the U.S. and in Canada. The human hybrid kitchen utensils of the series take inspiration from some of nature’s most ingenious engineering.

“What better way to dispense salt than through an organ that is highly developed to taste and why not take advantage of the mammary gland’s unique relationship to milk?” Chin writes of the work. “While it is the nature of the human ego to cast suspicion on a challenge to human intellect ‘Sentient Kitchen’ products offer a nonthreatening environment to explore the benefits of smarter more sensitive solutions to our daily dining needs.”

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.