“…technology is basically neutral. It’s like a hammer. The hammer doesn’t care whether you use it to build a house or whether on torture, using it to crush somebody’s skull, the hammer can do either.”
This exhibition by Frederic Marschall was inspired by his personal struggle to control the communications technology around him rather than let it control him. His drawings explore how the technological age continuously reshapes our interactions with each other and our surroundings.
While searching to quench our technological thirst, “tools” such as smartphones have become an extra appendage. Marschall examines how this new appendage affects social norms and encourages narcissism. In an age where we can upload and edit every aspect of ourselves, we are able to present perfectly manicured and curated identities.
Engagement happens more and more often through one’s screen and the possibility to participate physically is forfeited. Our devices have become the eye through which we see reality. One result being the banal becomes extraordinary and the important trivial.
While his drawings emphasize the problematic consequences of technology, he also explores the constructive uses of technology for discovery and education.
The future of technology is ambiguous; however, it is clearly moving at lightning speed, changing our lives in ways that aren’t always obvious. Whether we choose to use technology constructively or destructively is up to us. Marschall’s exhibition opens space to discuss and reflect on the question, “do we control technology or does it control us?”
The vernissage: On Friday 12th November – from 7 p.m.
The vernissage features a live drawing session by Marschall and music by the HitYaWitThat DJ Crew.
All illustrations will be available for sale in limited edition high quality prints.
About the artist:
Frederic Marschall is a German visual artist with a fondness for drawing.He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium.Marschall’s work is highly influenced by his daily life and the places he has lived in, such as Tanzania, Belgium, Canada, and Germany. He is currently living and working in Berlin.
To see more of his work, visit www.fredericmarschall.com.