NYU Abu Dhabi Presents Invisible Threads

BY Tanika D'souza / Dec 4 2016 / 22:31 PM

The contemporary gallery’s latest exhibition explores the boundaries of technological advancements in everyday life

NYU Abu Dhabi Presents Invisible Threads
Phillip Stearns. A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends. 2014. Custom light fixtures, Geiger counters Dimensions variable. Photography by Jae Song. Courtesy of NYUAD Art Gallery
NYU Abu Dhabi Presents Invisible Threads
Addie Wagenknecht. XXXX.XXX. 2014. From the series Data and Dragons. 5 custom-printed circuit boards, ethernet patch cables, 80/20 aluminium 35.5 x 23.5 x 1.75 in / 90.2 x 60.3 x 4.4 cm, each 76 x 190 x 13 in / 193 x 482.5 x 33 cm, installed Courtesy of bitforms gallery, New York. Photography by John Berens
NYU Abu Dhabi Presents Invisible Threads
Liu Bolin. Angels, 2010. Set of three pieces. 120 x 70 x 75 cm each. Chargers and fiberglass
NYU Abu Dhabi Presents Invisible Threads
Ai Weiwei. The Animal That Looks Like a Llama but is Really an Alpaca. 2015. Digital Print on wallpaper, dimensions variable
NYU Abu Dhabi Presents Invisible Threads
Wafaa Bilal. Canto III. 2015. Bronze sculpture with gold finish. 37 x 27 x 15 inches

Analysing the duality between phenomena such as isolation, connectedness, privacy and social media, Invisible Threads includes the work of artists such as Ai Weiwei, Jamie Allen, Aram Bartholl and Kenny Wong. 

Presenting an engaging commentary on the information age that has given society a multitude of media to communicate with, the exhibition follows the unrivaled history of technology, artistically paying homage to smartphones and social media as well as electronic financial and other transactions. Without creating a bias within the mind of its audience, Invisible Threads also explores the boundaries of these technological advancements to guarantee social and human fulfillment through referencing ideals about individual privacy and the environment.

Co-curator Bana Kattan commented: “From the Industrial Revolution, to the dawn of space travel, and the creation of the internet, technological revolutions have had profound impacts on the arts. This universal theme is especially relevant in the UAE, a country that is home to extraordinary state-level technological innovations, as well as a remarkably tech-savvy, connected population. In keeping with the NYUAD Art Gallery’s mission to produce exhibitions that are both internationally significant and locally relevant, this exhibit showcases some of the most interesting artwork being made today around the topic of the individual’s experience with technology.”

Complemented by a full public program of events and talks for all ages, the exhibition will be on show at NYU Abu Dhabi’s Art Gallery until December 31.