Sections

‘Return to Tomorrow’ at Kingsborough Community College

Artist teaches our future robot overlords how to sculpt

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

In the future, the message will be inside the medium.

The new exhibit opening at the Art Gallery at Kingsborough Community College on March 11 will feature sculptures that were made with three-dimensional printers and are imprinted with the computer code used to create them.

The exhibit, titled “Return to Tomorrow: 3-D Printed Sculpture for the Posthuman Age,” is an attempt to explain art to the machines that will be running the world in the near future, according to the artist. She said she hopes the computers will continue to create new works on their own after humanity finally bows down to its robot overlords.

“Art is probably the most human part about us. It is totally illogical, totally unreasonab­le,” said artist Ashley Zelinskie, who lives in Williamsburg. “How would we be able to explain to importance of that to machines?”

The artist, who is a sci-fi fan and is dedicating the show to the recently deceased “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy, said she doesn’t view a robotic takeover as the apocalyptic event it is often portrayed to be.

“Especially nowadays you’re seeing a lot of this — robots and technology will take over humanity,” said Zelinskie. “But I don’t necessarily see it as a bad thing. I don’t think it has to be a dystopian future. It could be a slow takeover where we work side-by-side with them.”

She said a robotic revolution would, however, change the art world. In order to ensure that art lives on, Zelinskie said artists must try to explain the importance of art in ways robots can comprehend, which she is attempting to do by incorporating code into her pieces.

“We should probably start integrating our art and culture into this movement,” she said.

Zelinskie said other artists don’t always support her vision for the future, but that is a common theme throughout history.

“Plato protested against the written word for awhile,” she said. “People are always resistant to change.”

“Return to Tomorrow: 3-D Printed Sculpture for the Posthuman Age” by Ashley Zelinskie at the Art Gallery at Kingsborough Community College [2001 Oriental Blvd between Quentin Street and Decatur Avenue in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368–5449, www.kbcc.cuny.edu]. Opening reception March 11 at 3 pm. Exhibit runs until April 14.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter:

Optional: