Art Through Technology exhibition

2010-02-02 00:00

DOES art and culture matter in a post-modern world where technology is a buzz word?

The Tatham Art Gallery is hoping to get a debate going round that very point with its new exhibition, Art Through Technology, which can be seen in the Schreiner Gallery from February 11 to March 14.

The exhibition is designed to take a closer look at art, technology and science blended together and to encourage school pupils to be interested in art and give it the same value as technology and the sciences.

“There is an assumption that art is not such a challenging learning ­area such as science, mathematics, and technology,” said Tatham ­Gallery ­education officer Pinky ­Madlabane-Nkabinde who curated the ­exhibition. “So many talented pupils do not choose art at high school. Often they are not aware of the many careers which are channelled through art.

“Others believe that art limits one’s career path. But today there is computer-aided design where art is explored through technology. Examples are computer animation, architecture and pure design.

“Through graphic designers we have three-dimensional moving pictures, animation and moving sculptures or mechanical robots.”

Art featured in the exhibition includes Shokwakhe Mngadi’s Stadium which shows the interaction of recycled materials, design and technology; Zotha Shange’s Ship, which explains theories of motion, kinetic energy and gravity through rolling balls (both explore medium and low technology in their artworks); and Bheki Dlamini’s wireworks made out of utilitarian objects.

The Tatham Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

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