Apparatus: The Technology of Seeing / Worldviews is an exhibition that is about the shifting boundaries between cultures. In its seven different rooms, corresponding to seven different cultures, it uses material culture and interactive installation to show that different cultures see in different ways, that perception is culturally influenced and that how we view our world is in part a consequence of our culture. Only by seeing alternatives do we perceive our own culture more clearly. and that is the only way we can expand our understanding and increase our humanity. The boundaries between cultures are constantly shifting and the apparatus of one becomes part of the apparatus of another, often changing meanings in the process.
The cultures shown are Gothic, Renaissance, Ming dynasty, 19th Century Western Nations, Yoruba peoples today and the USA Now. For each area, the exhibition shows the main technology of the time that linked power to all parts of the culture — the societal apparatus. For instance, in the Ming Dynasty, the main technology was the Brush. In Yoruba culture, it is performance. And in our culture, it is the computer. This appears in the exhibition through in an interactive virtual reality program Tilt Brush, which allows exhibition visitors to paint in 3D.
The exhibition is self-explanatory but guided tours are also available!
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