Presented by Sarah Bridge.
"Humans are a species between worlds" explains artist, author and lecturer John Mack of his brand new exhibition. "We’re on a mass-migration from the natural world to the digital world, abdicating our natural spaces while expanding digital ones. Smartphones, designed to be tools, have become our reality - and with every swipe, tap and pinch, our humanity is being exported, little by little.’
Six years in the making, next month Mack will present his month-long immersive exhibition A Species Between Worlds: Our Nature, Our Screens in New York City’s Chelsea district. Initially Mack was inspired by Youtube footage of a 'Pokemon stampede' in Tapei, where crowds of people, seemingly without regard for their own safety, rushed into traffic to try and secure one of the digital creations.
Mack saw this as an example of the increasingly complicated intersection of humanity and technology and sought to try and restore balance between ourselves and our smart devices. A Species Between Worlds features over 65 of Mack's artworks, featuring imagery of more than 50 U.S. National Parks and the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, all digitally manipulated and combined with artificial landscapes from the Pokémon Go app. As you explore the exhibition, a customised app reacts to your surroundings as reality is restored.