We caught up with Devendra Banhart in an almost empty theatre — where he mused about enigmatic Hong Kong, what runs through his mind when the world gets too loud, and the connections observed in the people who pass him by.
"It's a time of change, which explains why there's some anxiety towards the future."
Mariana Pestana, Co-Curator of The Future Starts Here at Victoria & Albert Museum in London speaks about her curatorial process of setting up a show that brings up the complications of technology, the societal state of nations around the world and working with Miranda July on a commissioned installation.
One such example would be Hannah Tan's showcase of her research-based work, namely Vacillations and Sieving Sound and Light (2018) – in which she involved ultrasound imaging technology to reinvent her relationship with ambiguous elements present in our world.
The compact disc used to be a symbol of the multimedia era. Now, it has become almost obsolete. Most consumers today listen to music on streaming services as compared to the physical format. Yuichiro Katsumoto's CD Prayer (2018) pays homage to this once-loved medium, reviving the CD as the halo of the Buddha statue that simultaneously plays hi-fi music.
Before he showcased his work at Supernormal's Technology in Art exhibition back in April, we caught up with the gadget maker who references the zen-like qualities of Korean American artist, Nam Jun Paik, as well as Shin Buddhism for this particular work.