An Exhibition



FREE exhibition

humansbeingdigital draws on an international selection of artworks that bring us to the touch-point between human beings and being digital. Please note: This exhibition includes some adult content.
  • Venue: Galleries

Engaging with art can be an emotional experience - performance, sculpture, painting or music can all touch us beyond words – yet technology is often considered mechanical, cold or inhuman. So how can artists show new perspectives on life, emotion and relationships by using digital technologies to connect human beings and digital?


This exhibition of nine international artists allows you to experience a range of emotional and physical reactions to artwork that explore the links between humans, machines and technology - both now and in the future.


Thom Kubli brings his piece Black Hole Horizon, whilst U_Joo+LimheeYoung use human hair in their surreal work Machine with hair caught in it that gives a feeling of unease. Felix Luque Sanchez, Max Dovey and Libby Heaney use humorous aspects of modern communication in their works which involve emails, Instagram and Tinder respectively, with Dovey’s work using an algorithm to decide if visitors look ‘hipster’ enough to enter his work, A Hipster Bar. The artworks look at ideas about identity, relationships, independence and the absurd side of technology.


Housewives Making Drugs by Mary Maggic and the three individual works Heart, Brain and Lungs by Pascal Haudressy are screen-based pieces that encourage you to think about your own bodies and others, whilst leading digital artists Thomson and Craighead awaken those bodies and senses with their perfume Apocalypse.


Finally, Nye Thompson uses CCTV footage to create a curious environment that asks questions about technology and privacy, contributing a sense of anxiety to an exhibition of many emotions.


humansbeingdigital artists

U_Joo and Limhee Young; Max Dovey; Thom Kubli; Nye Thompson; Thomson and Craighead; Mary Maggic; Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder; Pascal Haudressy; Libby Heaney and Felix Luque Sanchez.

Additional information:

Libby Heaney's work Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot is produced with the kind co-operation of the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli.

There may be some disruption to performance times of Thom Kubli’s Black Hole Horizon between Thu 8 and Sat 10 February due to events elsewhere in the building.


Check out this short film

humansbeingdigital activities

Sat 25 November, 3pm-4pm
What is Digital Art?
The Lowry Galleries

Panel discussion about Digital Art - what it is, what it means for galleries and why it is important - with Lucy Dusgate (Digital Programmer, The Lowry), Mark Thomas (Creative Director, Soup Collective), and Sean Clarke (Visual Director of @Texture).

Short 10 minute talks on humansbeingdigital
Explore our digital artworks and ask questions in our short talks, on the hour, every hour.

Sat 9 December, 2pm (Galleries closing 7pm)
Invisible Flock
The Lowry Galleries

Free artist-led workshop using digital technology to invent, create and prototype data driven interactions. No previous experience necessary!

Sat 16 December, 5pm-7pm
Late night opening
The Lowry Galleries

Extra chances to explore our artworks and ask questions after hours between 5pm and 7pm.

Sat 22 December - Sun 30 December, 11am-5pm
Children Being Creative
The Lookout

Get creative at Christmas with our Gallery Team and a range of festive activities!


Sat 6 January, 3pm
BSL tour - humansbeingdigital
The Lowry Galleries

BSL-led tour of humansbeingdigital delivered by Art and Design Historian Jennifer Little.

Sat 13 January
Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot - A Performance
The Lowry Galleries

What happens when excerpts from Lady Chatterley's Lover are used as chat up lines on Tinder? Find out at this performance by artist Libby Heaney (creator of Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot) and Sarah Emott (Creative Director - Art with Heart).

Sat 10 February, 4pm
How Intimate Is Your Data?
The Lowry Galleries

Panel discussion about protecting your personal data online. With Nye Thompson (artist - Backdoored); Max Dovey (artist - A Hipster Bar); Kate Fitzgerald (The Lowry). Please book to secure your place with the first 30 people admitted to A Hipster Bar receiving a free alcoholic or soft drink. Book your place here.

Sat 17 & Sun 18 February
Coding Festival
The Lowry Galleries

Come and learn to make games and animations in our FREE coding sessions for children aged 9-13. Worksheets and laptops provided.

Creative Tourist on humansbeingdigital

"The underlying concept stems from an investigation into the relationship between humans, machines and digital technology (both now and in the future), asking what new perspectives on life and emotion this area of intersection can reveal. 

The exhibition will contain a selection of works, most of which have never been seen in the UK before, by nine leading international artists."

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