This article introduces current and upcoming events and exhibitions, which look at the shifting, complicated aesthetics of digital love. Take your special someone out on Valentine’s Day to explore works and projects that look at the concept of love as fragmented and dispersed, experimentally synthesised, material and virtual, human and machinic.
Visit the Design Museum to explore the future of love and sex in the digital age, or discover the need for love in an age of hostile and exclusionary politics at Carroll/Fletcher, or if you’ve recently broken up with someone, visit the Museum of Broken Relationships to help heal the pain. Read more of our recommended ideas for an inspiring Valentine’s date below.
Intimate Strangers by Andres Jarque
Fear and Love at Design Museum
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is an exhibition of eleven installations which collectively takes an experimental look at love, sex and intimacy. The installations, by designers and architects including Metahaven, Madeleine Gannon and Arquitectura Expandida, explore themes and topics from robot sentience to networked sexuality. This exhibition is ideal for those individuals who would like to experience the way love is hyper-mediated by technological processes.
224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG
Open daily 10:00 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Until 23 April 2017
United We Stand by Eva and Franco Mattes
United We Stand at Carroll / Fletcher
Today’s world could be described as turbulent to say the very least. With Donald J. Trump elected as President of the United States, and the ongoing Syrian and refugee crisis it demonstrates that politics is in need of more acceptance and love. It is in these moments that the artist must navigate between the edges of political conflict to create a world in which we are united. The show, United We Stand, is the third part of the exhibition titled ‘Looking at one thing and thinking of something else’ at Carroll / Fletcher. The exhibition ultimately seeks to creatively and critically reimagine a shared future with an abundance of love in the political realm. It also provides the timely occasion to leave our beliefs behind and embrace the kind of love that looks at other human beings from distant cultures as part of us, part of our own flesh.
Carroll / Fletcher
56 – 57 Eastcastle St, London W1W 8EQ
Tues – Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat: 11am – 6pm, Sun: Closed
Until 4 March 2017
Hatsune Miku in Still Be Here
Still Be Here at Barbican
following would make a one of a kind date with your special someone. On 26 February 2017, animated pop-star and cyber-celebrity Hatsune Miku will be performing some of her musical hits at the Barbican in the show, Still Be Here. The project was conceptualised by artist Mari Matsutoya, created with music producer Laurel Halo, award-winning choreographer and visual artist Darren Johnston, virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon and Martin Sulzer. Hatsune Mikku will appear on stage in the form of a 3D projection, and sing to lyrics that highlight the role of being a female pop star; and more specifically, how a female body is commodified, identified and translates fans’ desires as she is collectively constructed. Get tickets for your Valentine for this special experience.
Still Be Here
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK
26 February 2017 at 20:00
No ONE Is More Work Than Me by Ed Atkins
Testing Ground at Zabludowicz Collection
The Zabludowicz Collection in North London presents Testing Ground, featuring works by artists including Ed Atkins, David Blandy, Cécile B. Evans, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Jon Rafman and Amalia Ulman who explore the performance of persona. Whether framed as a duality, a network, a performance or a process, it is through the persona that individuals connect to form relationships – loving and hostile, between individuals and groups. An exhibition that enables its participants to wonder about the entanglements we forge with our significant other when we are in love, as a reminder that we are more than ourself.
176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT
Thursday – Sunday 12–6pm
Until 26 February 2017
Museum of Broken Relationship
For those who are single or healing from a broken relationship visit, The Museum of Broken Relationships located in Los Angeles and Zagreb, which is a crowd-sourced project that showcases the story of the broken-hearted through objects donated by people. The purpose of the museum is to provide a way to heal from a break-up by accepting memento’s that carry a burdening emotional load. Through the public display of these items, the museum seeks to alleviate individuals and create a collective emotional history as a reminder that, despite the painful experience, the lover is not alone.
Museum of Broken Relationship
6751 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, One Block East of Highland
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am – 6pm, Thursday: 11am – 7pm,
Friday & Saturday: 12am – 8pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Ćirilometodska 2, 10000, Zagreb
Winter (October 1st – May 31st):
Every day from 9am – 9pm