Curated by Jefferson Hack, Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder features newly commissioned and debut works by: Doug Aitken, Sophia Al-Maria & Victoria Sin, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Donna Huanca, Juliana Huxtable, Evan Ifekoya, Dozie Kanu, Quentin Lacombe, Lawrence Lek, Jenn Nkiru, Chen Wei and Harley Weir & George Rouy.
The title of the show is inspired by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s ‘I Am Waiting’, which comments on the societal problems of contemporary America, and calls for a change of consciousness – the rebirth of a new wonder.
To do so, the contemporary artists selected have created huge, immersive pieces tackling issues such as identity, cooperation, compassion and our future. As Hack puts it, “The artists in Transformer look to the past, the future and into a Rebirth of Wonder. Through shamanism, technology, speculative realism, energy transference, intimacy and healing, the singular becomes multiple and prismatic, the binary becomes defunct.”