Not of this Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction is an exhibition comprised of art relating to science fiction. Sci-fi has been a prevailing method of entertainment and consideration of the seemingly possible consequences of technological advancement. The artworks in this exhibition consider these possible alternate realities and dystopian futures long perpetuated by the sci-fi genre. Some pieces share a kinship with the big-screen aesthetic popularized in the 1950s and carried forward in television such as Michael Lewy’s Bigfoot Island. Borrowing narrative and aesthetic elements from the many television shows he watched as a child in the ‘70s — including Lost in Space, the Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek, and Land of the Lost — Michael Lewy created Bigfoot Island, a homage to past pioneers. Some pieces in the show are purposeful instruments such as Sophia Breuckner’s Empathy Box, which provides its users a sense of shared contact through warmth. In a world of technological distraction, Empathy Box attempts to provide comfort through perceived physical connectivity. A technological device itself, the piece yields an alternate use of electronics and asks the viewer to consider the ways in which technology may impact our lives presently and in the future.
The artists in this exhibition include: Sophia Brueckner, Micah Ganske, Tatiana Gulenkina, Carol Hayes, Michael Lewy, Joseph Popper, Chris Rackley, and Marion Tampon-Lajarriette.