Vintage Robots, 2018 | by Lee Wells

Graphite on paper
11 4/5 × 9 4/5 in
30 × 25 cm

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Sophia’s Safehouse in an Uncanny Valley examines the recent celebrity culture of humanoid AI as a way to better understand humanity, authenticity, identity, and memory in the early 21st century.
The installation on view at Darling’s Attic through November 29, composed by 32 artworks and an intelligent robot, is inspired in part by the literary works of George Orwell, Mary Shelley, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, as well as other pulp science fiction in general. It offers a compelling response to recent societal events and draws attention to the accelerated technological progress in the world today.

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Image rights: © Lee Wells

Lee Wells (b.1971) is a conceptual artist and writer whose work ranges from painting, drawing and photography, to video and new media, His work primarily focuses on systems of power and control in society and has been presented internationally for over 20 years. Venues include the Guggenheim Museum, PS1/MoMA, NCCA Moscow, 51st Venice Biennale, in addition to numerous universities, festivals, art fairs, and galleries. Wells was a co-founder of The Perpetual Art Machine, the video art community portal project (2006-2011), and founder of the alternative curatorial platform IFAC Arts which began in 1996. Wells splits his time between New York City, Athens and most recently London through an ongoing collaboration with Darling Pearls & Co.

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Sophia’s Safehouse in an Uncanny Valley, Darling’s Attic, produced by Darling Pearls & Co, curated by Alessandra Falbo, 18 August – 29 November 2018 (London, UK).