Machines of Loving Grace
Installation, Teatro Ringhiera, Milan, 2019
Machine(s) of Loving Grace is an exhibition part of a wider research developed starting from two different projects presented at Politecnico di Milano: Logistics Landscape by Captcha and Googleburg by (ab)Normal, that investigate the emerging spaces generated by computational systems that are driving our life; in the first case with a study on logistics and its fulfilment centres and in the second with an analysis on data centres.
The title of the exhibition takes inspiration from the poem ‘ All Watched Over by Machines of Lov-ing Grace’ by Richard Brautigan, published by the American author on 1967 in a collection of po-ems with the same name. The poem describes, following those years fascination and faith on technological development, a technological utopia where machines help and protect men in a new relationship with the natural environment. A distinction between technology and nature doesn’t exist anymore: both these el-ements are programmed in a mutual harmony that allows men to be free of labor and to join back to nature.