19 Jan 2016 ARTSY: Richard Taittinger Gallery: Ballet Mécanique
Modern-day living contains a machine-like rhythm: maximized efficiency with production-based values. A groundbreaking experimental film released in 1924 by French artist Fernand Léger, Ballet Mécanique, expressed concern for an increasingly automated society. Like this cinematic study of the dance between man and machine, artists featured in this group exhibition examine the diminishing divide between the natural and the artificial. Mario Merz, Tom Sachs, and Théo Mercier, challenge the oppressive logic behind indus-trialization, while Nassos Daphnis, Mark Hagen, Gregor Hildebrandt, and Wim Delvoye exercise the potential of industrial materials to achieve a new aesthetic form.